ERIC Number: EJ726338
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
Reference Count: 31
Embodying Our Values in Our Teaching Practices: Building Open and Critical Discourse through Computer Mediated Communication
Geelan, David R.; Taylor, Peter C.
Journal of Interactive Learning Research, v15 n4 p375-401 Oct 2004
Computer mediated communication--including web pages, email and web-based bulletin boards--was used to support the development of a cooperative learning community among students in a web-based distance education unit for practicing science and mathematics educators. The students lived in several Australian states and a number of Pacific Rim countries. They reported increased satisfaction with their studies, decreased feelings of isolation, and better support for their learning processes. This article describes the iterative processes of research and design involved in developing and refining the unit, which was based in a social constructivist/constructionist conception of teaching and learning, between 1997 and 1999. Issues and implications for others planning to develop web-based teaching units, including the time and energy commitment involved, and the challenges of credibly assessing online participation, are also considered.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Educational Technology, Cooperative Learning, Constructivism (Learning), Computer Mediated Communication, Distance Education, Web Based Instruction, Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Social Support Groups, College Students, Educational Environment, Virtual Classrooms, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Curriculum Development
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, P.O. Box 1545, Chesapeake, VA 23327-1545. Tel: 757-366-5606.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia