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ERIC Number: ED429550
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Pages: 7
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Organising Distance Learning Process Thanks to Asynchronous Structured Conversations.
Vieville, Claude; Hoogstoel, Frederic
This paper describes a communication system accessible by a World Wide Web browser. The main advantage of this system is to encourage a collaborative way of learning using asynchronous communication channels. The conversation is strongly structured by the system itself which helps the users to coordinate their actions, playing their respective roles within a task. A conversation always occurs in the context of a task where each user plays a particular role. The system is built around the notion of active form, which is the single way for the user to communicate with the system. This system can be used by the actors of the educational process to organize their work. Globally, the basic services provided by this asynchronous communication system are informal exchanges, question-answer exchanges, date negotiation, pro-con argument production, action negotiation, and opinion collection. These basic services are enhanced by a subset of complementary services which are needed to manage, adapt, and integrate the system using existing communication tools to meet users' needs. A participative design approach has given the system a good degree of usability. Contains 19 references. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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