The changing face of teaching: Using CMC tools for large group interaction

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Research and Development in Higher Education: Learning for an Unknown Future Vol. 26

July, 2003, 692 pages
Published by
Helen Mathews and Rod McKay
ISBN
0 90 8557 55 8
Abstract 

This paper investigates the trial of asynchronous and synchronous interactive computer-mediated communication (CMC) to develop an environment of community and peer-supported self-learning within a highly populated and geographically separated first year university cohort. Student study skills and learning needs were addressed through the use of complex, interwoven CMC tools, with particular use of discussion forums and chat rooms. Significant changes were noted in student attitudes, study skills and personal study responsibility.

Keywords: Learning communities, online study groups, peer support groups

The changing face of teaching: Using CMC tools for large group interaction

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