Computer Mediated Communication: Online Instruction and Interactivity
Maria J. Lavooy, Michael H. Newlin, University of Central Florida, United States
Journal of Interactive Learning Research Volume 14, Number 2, ISSN 1093-023X Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
A major concern for many educators appears to be that there is an inherent reduction in the type and level of interaction between the instructor and students in web-based and web-enhanced courses. This assumption, however, does not appear to be based on any empirical, experiential, or significant anecdotal evidence. In fact, this view entirely ignores a fundamental aspect of web instruction: Computer Mediated Communication (CMC). In our experience, the effective use of CMC has resulted in an increase, not a decrease, in student-student and instructor-student interactivity.
In this article we explore the different forms and potential applications of CMC for web-based and web-enhanced courses. Further, based on our experiences with three different web courses (Research Methods in Psychology, Statistical Methods in Psychology and Basic Learning Processes) taught repeatedly over the last five years, we address the effectiveness of different CMC forms for attaining specific goals.
Lavooy, M.J. & Newlin, M.H. (2003). Computer Mediated Communication: Online Instruction and Interactivity. Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 14(2), 157-165. Norfolk, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
© 2003 Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
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