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Using Convergent Media to Engage Graduate Students in a Digital and Electronic Writing class: Some Surprising Results
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E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Vancouver, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-76-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

Abstract: The digital revolution has transformed our learners and educators into a world where writing and communicating has evolved into a much faster, speedier, and instant form of distributing information. Through on-line conversations, blogs, and social networks, educators and students are able to create rich and meaningful discussions that give and receive feedback. Younger graduate students born since 1977 are familiar with and adept at using these new forms of digital communication, but many older post-baccalaureates adult learners are not. While this adds a desirable flavor to the classroom, it may also contribute to discord as different generations hold differing values. Blogs, social networking, and online conversations are reshaping how we exchange experience, excitement, and frustration; all of which is valued knowledge. But what happens as conflict occurs when the students reject a form of social media they find objectionable? Surprisingly this dynamic contributed to student learning and collaboration in valuable ways.

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Greenberg, V. & Carbajal, D. (2009). Using Convergent Media to Engage Graduate Students in a Digital and Electronic Writing class: Some Surprising Results. In T. Bastiaens, J. Dron & C. Xin (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2009--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 2640-2644). Vancouver, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved April 25, 2019 from .

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