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Conferencing in communities of learners: examples from social history and science communication

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Conferencing in communities of learners: examples from social history and science communication
A commonly encountered view of computer conferencing focuses on peer interaction, student empowerment and a shift in both teacher and student roles. This paper argues that this view overemphasises the medium and minimises the importance of factors such as the setting and structure of the conferencing and the discipline area. To gain a better understanding of the relevant factors that affect conferencing it is important to investigate the different ways and contexts in which it is used. The paper discusses two examples of conferencing at the Open University: one in the Science faculty and one in the Arts Faculty. With relatively low and dispersed populations, an important reason for using conferencing is to simulate the kinds of academic discussions that face to face tutorials would otherwise allow. Conferencing also allows students to discuss and debate relevant issues and to have regular contact with their tutors. An evaluation of the conferencing drew on a variety of data to provide...
Ann C. Jones, Eileen Scanlon, Canan Tosunoglu Blak
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Type Journal
Year 2000
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Authors Ann C. Jones, Eileen Scanlon, Canan Tosunoglu Blake
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