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Computer-Mediated Communication and Social Presence in a Distance Learning Environment
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, California State University at San Bernardino, United States

IJET Volume 7, Number 2, ISSN 1077-9124 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Electronic mail (e-mail), a computer-mediated communica-tion (CMC) technology, has become a common and inexpen-sive way to provide distant communication and learning. This study investigated (a) the appropriateness of CMC in distance learning and (b) the opinions of students and in-structors towards the use of CMC in instruction. The partici-pants were college students in the USA learning Spanish and communicating with college students in Mexico by way of e-mail for 10 weeks. Data collection included e-mail messag-es, surveys, and interviews. The study indicated that CMC produced immediate benefits for distance learning and that the students and the instructor were in favor of the use of CMC in instruction. A follow-up study was conducted one year after the initial study was completed. The results of the follow-up study supported the initial findings.

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Leh, A.S.C. (2001). Computer-Mediated Communication and Social Presence in a Distance Learning Environment. International Journal of Educational Telecommunications, 7(2), 109-128. Norfolk, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 14, 2019 from .

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