ERIC Number: ED461139
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
An Investigation of Mixed Student Reactions to CMC for Instructional Purposes.
Research indicates that computer-mediated communication (CMC) is a great motivator of learning for the student (e.g., Gatlin-Watts, Arn, & Kordsmeier, 1998). However, the author's experience communicating with students through the Web indicates very divided student reactions to this manner of communication. In view of a relative lack of literature in the area, this research investigates undergraduate students' reactions to the Blackboard-facilitated CMC, their understanding of the potentials, problems, and improvement of this CMC, and possible factors that contribute to the mixed student reactions to the CMC. The population for this study was the nearly 100 students involved in the author's teaching which uses the e-learning technology of Blackboard. This study finds that students do not embrace CMC with ready willingness since they do not perceive CMC as effective as what is suggested in the literature. The study also revealed many practical difficulties involved in the use of CMC technology. (Contains 16 references and 2 tables of data.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association (87th, Atlanta, GA, November 1-4, 2001).