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ERIC Number: ED416839
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
Pages: 27
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When Western Technology Meets Oriental Culture: Use of Computer-Mediated Communication in a Higher Education Classroom.
Tyan, Nay-ching Nancy; Hong, Frank Min-chow
A computer-mediated communication (CMC) device, Virtual Classroom & Virtual Corporation System (VICTORY) was developed and integrated into a Taiwan higher education classroom with the aim of providing a constructive learning environment where high-quality instructional interactions and true collaboration existed among learners. Individual students were required to participate in an electronic forum before face-to-face-discussions took place in the actual classroom. The electronic forum was the virtual classroom component of the system. This paper first reports typical communication patterns in Taiwan traditional classrooms. Literature on collaborative learning, constructivism, and CMC is reviewed. VICTORY and its integration into a business policy class at National Taiwan University are described, and results of a questionnaire survey of students' satisfaction with CMC are discussed. Recommendations to educators who wish to integrate CMC and constructivism in their classroom teaching, as well as to educators who wish to conduct CMC and constructivism-related research, are provided. The 19-item Likert scale questionnaire is appended. (Contains 20 references.) (Author/MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan