Computer-Mediated Communication for Distance Education: An International Review of Design, Teaching, and Institutional Issues. ACSDE Research Monograph Number 6

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American Center for the Study of Distance Education, College of Education, Pennsylvania State University, 1992 - Computer conferencing. - 69 pages
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One of the most recent technological systems to be adopted for use in distance education is computer-mediated communication (CMC), which typically includes computer conferencing, electronic mail, and electronic bulletin boards. The purpose of this review is to provide teachers, researchers and administrators with a practical summary of current knowledge about design, teaching, and institutional issues in the use of CMC for distance education, and to consolidate the major questions and issues in order to provide a relatively comprehensive overview of the field at this point in time. The review, which focuses on empirical studies using CMC in distance education, is divided into four parts: (1) Designing a Course To Maximize the Potential of CMC; (2) Teaching Considerations; (3) Institutional Issues (including computer access and marketing, policy, and cost); and (4) two charts illustrating the educational and communication uses of CMC which emphasize the extent to which CMC has become an international phenomenon. (Contains 181 references.) (ALF)

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