ERIC Number: ED421164
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Replacing the Tin Can: Creating an Effective Electronic Communication Environment.
Powers, Susan M.; Dutt-Doner, Karen M.
Electronic communication tools may have more in common with the old communication game where tin cans were connected by a string than with traditional classroom communication. The charge is to find ways to make the communication more like, and possibly better, than effective classroom communication. Creating a firm foundation for successful electronic communication must start before the source sends the message. Consideration must be made on whether or not electronic communication tools should be used. If there appears to be an instructional and student need for electronic communication, the next step would be to determine which type of tool would be used to implement an electronic communication system. The next step is also entangled with the previous steps and relates to message creation determine what forms of electronic communication will take place. To implement the electronic discussion, it is necessary to do some preparation in order to assure effectiveness. Participants must be trained on the various uses of the technology and given guidelines or principles related to the use of the electronic communication. Then, provide training and information on the proper, ethical use of the communication tools and determine faculty role of management and facilitation. By carefully planning for electronic communication, much as other parts of a class are planned, a beneficial environment can be more assured. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: "SITE 98: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (9th, Washington, DC, March 10-14, 1998). Proceedings"; see IR 018 794.