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ERIC Number: ED442972
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Gender and Power Issues in On-Line Learning Environments.
Machanic, Mindy
The Internet (Net) and World Wide Web (WWW) have developed a variety of cultures and communities. Although most early users of the Net (mostly males) were well-intentioned and well-mannered, their social conventions (some blatantly sexist, others in the nature of macho posturing) have continued in many online chat rooms and virtual gaming environments. Women have not always felt welcome or safe in these areas. Gender harassment and invasions of women's online privacy by men has now gone beyond macho posturing and sexist language. Online classrooms now have many of the same problems as the larger world of the Web. Going beyond "flaming" (blasting someone publicly for something said online), stalking is a potential danger for both students and faculty. Flaming that got out of hand and some forms of sexual harassment in online classrooms have been reported. None of the new online learning technologies address the emerging issues of power, gender, and safety in online classrooms. Instructors should set the tone of conversation, set clear limits on what is appropriate behavior in the classroom, make it clear that flaming will not be tolerated, and make textual postings gender-neutral. There must be some way of getting virtual help if one feels stalked or harassed. Institutional policies need to be developed to treat virtual harassment as a real offense. (Contains 26 references and notes.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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