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Using Electronic Discussion to Teach Communication Courses
Communication Education (2002)
  • Leonard J Shedletsky, University of Southern Maine
  • J E Aitken, University of York

The writers, who have been studying computer-mediated communication for almost two decades, provide some suggestions for instructional practice. They consider instruction methods for key courses such as basic communication courses, public speaking courses, intrapersonal courses, and interpersonal courses. The writers also discuss some of the communication characteristics in online discussion groups and consider issues such as self-exploration, first amendment and privacy issues, student participation, faculty participation, conflict, and confidentiality. They believe that students who take part in online discussions seem to enjoy the nature and flexibility of the format, that students are able to develop a sense of belonging and connection through online discussion, and that students who take part in online discussion may gain greater self-acceptance and learn new skills that can enhance their communication in other social interactions.

  • computers in education,
  • electronic discussion groups
Publication Date
July, 2002
Citation Information
Leonard J Shedletsky and J E Aitken. "Using Electronic Discussion to Teach Communication Courses" Communication Education Vol. 51 Iss. 3 (2002)
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