ERIC Number: ED485089
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
Reference Count: 11
The Logic, Affectivity and Ethics of Electronic Conferencing Teaching Strategies in Post-Secondary Mixed-Mode Courses
Association for Educational Communications and Technology, 27th, Chicago, IL, October 19-23, 2004
This paper aims to identify and to understand the role of the logical, the affective and the ethical dimensions of knowledge in the online interactions of post-secondary teachers and students. By understanding how these dimensions are interwoven, I intend to demonstrate that the instructor?s course design and teaching strategies must take them into consideration in order to achieve a healthy learning environment. By healthy learning environment I mean the online construction of a knowledge building community in which the students can develop arguments in order to acquire a more profound understanding of the topics and develop caring and fulfilling relationships in a respectful atmosphere. I adopt a constructivist perspective based on genetic epistemology (Piaget, 1950, 1991) as well as contributions by socio-constructivism (Vygotsky, 1979) and modern cognitive science distributed approaches (Salomon, 1993). Methodologically, I integrate two research methods: discourse analysis and the case study. Data collected come from transcripts of electronic conferencing, course documents and interviews. The study suggests that online interactions are shaped by the teaching strategy adopted by the instructor in the electronic conferences.
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Washington, DC.