ERIC Number: ED422566
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Listserves: Adding New Complexities to the Classroom.
Rosenbaum, Nicole M.
A student's participation on two listserves added new depth and new complexities to her overall learning process. The listserves (one just for her composition class at California State University San Bernardino and one that linked her class to two other composition classes at distant universities) created a community of people who had access to a rich common discourse. The listserves created a space where additional ideas were introduced, things brought up in class were developed, and dialogues between students ensued. The listserves also took some of the control away from the instructors and allowed students to think critically and respond without formal direction. The listserves were also a place for clarification of terms, expression of an individual's ideas, and more lengthy definitions which class time could not accommodate. A sense of community was created through discussions and interactions on the listserves. The listserve community was not without its difficulties. Problems included: not remembering who belonged to which class and which e-mail address; the large quantity of e-mail which the list produced at times; and the possibility for miscommunication between people who were unable to see the visual cues which aided in interpreting meaning in normal face-to-face conversations. (Contains 40 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (49th, Chicago, IL, April 1-4, 1998).