Face-to-Face vs. CMC: Student communication in a technologically rich learning environment

Johnson, Daniel M., Sutton, Peter, & Poon, Josiah (2000) Face-to-Face vs. CMC: Student communication in a technologically rich learning environment. In 17th Annual Conference of the Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education: ASCILITE 2000,, 2000, Coffs Harbour.


Observations of student behaviour in the first year of a new degree program showed several unexpected behaviours with regard to the use of several computer-mediated communication methods. A detailed survey of communication behaviour within the degree was undertaken, assessing how much, and for what purposes, students used the available methods of communication, and what they perceived to be the strengths and weaknesses of each method of communication. The results show that face-to-face communication is preferred over all forms of computer-mediated communication. The findings of the study highlight the pedagogical advantages of being flexible in terms of the communication methods students can use. Specifically, while some of the devices provided by staff were not used by students, others not formally introduced into the degree were embraced by the majority of students.

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ID Code: 6682
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900) > Education not elsewhere classified (139999)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Deposited On: 27 Mar 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:38

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