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ERIC Number: ED511818
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
Teaching Educational Issues to Secondary Student Teachers Using Computer Mediated Communication (CMC): An Educational Innovation
Palmer, Bill
Online Submission, Paper presented at the International United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)-Asia-Pacific Centre of Educational Innovation for Development (ACEID) Conference (2nd, Bangkok, Thailand, Dec 9-12, 1996)
I have been responsible for the teaching of a secondary teacher education unit called Educational Issues (EDN 482) for the past seven years, in the Faculty of Education in a small, regional Australian University. A brief look at the map will show how geographically isolated form the main centres of population in Australia, Northern Territory University is. This was one reason why I felt that some experimentation with computer mediated communication might be justified. I taught part of an educational issues unit as a limited form of CMC discussion on a dedicated listserver. A considerable proportion of the course involved teaching the students appropriate computer skills in order to practice CMC, as, surprisingly, the students, who are all graduates, had little experience even of e-mail. Even a limited form of CMC has provided some degree of technological difficulty. After teaching about the technical aspects, students then discussed a variety of educational issues on the listserver EDN482-1. Unlike many CMC units, the aim of the on-line discussion was to improve the overall quality of classroom discussion and presentation. The methodology and details of the unit will be explained in the paper. In the future, I hope that some of these students will be encouraged to start using CMC in their own courses in schools, when they start teaching. I am introducing these changes slowly, as I have been in education too long not to have seen numerous technical and philosophical innovations disappear without trace. [This paper's abstract was published in: Rupert Maclean (Ed.), Report on the UNESCO-ACEID International Conference "Re-Engineering Education for Change: Education Change for Development" (2nd, Bangkok, Thailand, December 9-12, 1996). UNESCO, 1997. p365-366.]
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia