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ERIC Number: ED409876
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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The ITForum Perspective on the Internet and Publishing: Changing the Way Researchers Communicate.
Rieber, Lloyd P.; And Others
ITForum is an electronic listserv that discusses theories, research, new paradigms, and practices in the field of instructional technology. ITForum is a unique and thriving electronic community of instructional technology scholars and professionals. By offering a schedule of papers and the opportunity to discuss them with the author, ITForum makes a valuable contribution to the professional community. Students, faculty members, and IT professionals alike have an equal opportunity to ask questions and make observations. The authors of papers receive immediate feedback from a large pool of interested and knowledgeable professionals from around the world. Consequently, listservs like ITForum offer the opportunity for scholarly work to become a much more interactive process between authors and readers than is currently the case in traditional publications. ITForum and other listservs like it bring the professional community into a global perspective. Colleagues from different countries can share ideas and experiences as if they worked on the same floor. This paper addresses the issues of: dealing with an iterative mission and purpose; publishing as a process rather than a product; access to people with different backgrounds, perspectives, and cultures; developing a research community; potential pitfalls of computer mediated communication (CMC); "netiquette" and standards of use; achieving critical mass; conflicting viewpoints; providing access to past discussions; and copyright and intellectual property. (Author/SWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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