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Computer-mediated communication as a learning resource

McAteer, E., Duffy, C., and Corbett, J. (1997) Computer-mediated communication as a learning resource. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 13 (4). pp. 219-227. ISSN 0266-4909 (doi:10.1046/j.1365-2729.1997.00024.x)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2729.1997.00024.x

Abstract

Evaluative studies of CMC can produce misleading or even contradictory results due to an (understandable) focus on how the characteristics of the medium affect usage, ignoring the dialectic between technology and culture, of mutual adaptation over time. CMC exchanges in Higher Education take place within a broad teaching and learning system, of which most participants already have extensive experience. This system provides the context within which participants make sense of, and adapt to, the use of on-line communications. Thus interpretations of the processes shaping exchanges and their outcomes have to take into account: who participants see themselves as communicating with and why, how this serves longer-term learning goals, and what past experience of engaging with both task and audience they have had; what kinds of exchange are facilitated, both by the medium itself and how the task is organised, and how such affordances are honed over time; and also, how these interactions impact on other aspects of teaching and on learning outcomes.

Item Type:Article
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s):Corbett, Prof John
Authors: McAteer, E., Duffy, C., and Corbett, J.
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
College/School:University Services > Learning and Teaching Services Division
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine > Dental School
Journal Name:Journal of Computer Assisted Learning
Publisher:Blackwell Publishing
ISSN:0266-4909
Copyright Holders:© Blackwell Publishing
First Published:First published in Journal of Computer assisted Learning 13 (4) 217- 227
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the Publisher

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