ERIC Number: ED422593
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Electronic Discourse: Evolving Conventions in Online Academic Environments. ERIC Digest.
Abdullah, Mardziah Hayati
Based on the premise that computer networks are changing the way people think and interact, this Digest discusses some features of electronic discourse as a relatively new form of discourse and examines the current research on computer mediated communication text. The Digest suggests further research on how other features of electronic discourse resemble those of oral and written language and research which compares the construction of reasoning and argument in electronic discourse and conventional writing. It also considers how electronic discourse has brought about new conventions in the use of graphic features and notes that the informal, conversational tone of electronic discourse is quite different from that of traditional academic prose. The Digest points out that as online interaction becomes more widely used in formal academic situations, language educators may have to consider how to respond to the unconventional language use and structuring of ideas. (NKA)
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Networks, Computer Uses in Education, Electronic Text, Higher Education, Online Systems
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading, English, and Communication, Bloomington, IN.