ListServs in the College Science Classroom: Evaluating Participation and "Richness" in Computer-Mediated Discourse
Samia Khan, University of British Columbia, Canada
Journal of Technology and Teacher Education Volume ISSN 1059-7069 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA
How do instructors motivate students to participate in computer-mediated discussion? If they do participate, how can the quality of their interactions be assessed? This study speaks to these questions by examining on-line participation and discourse in a science course for pre-service teachers. The instructor of an introductory entomology course for pre-service teachers implemented on-line discussions via a listserv that was designed to provide students with greater access to important information outside of class. Data was collected from focus groups, written questionnaires, interviews with the instructor, and 182 public listserv messages. Initial student participation was encouraged by the instructor, but participation was modest. The posting of the first mandatory assignment halfway through the course, however, corresponded to a burst period of student activity, yielding a four fold increase in the number of messages authored by students. There was also a seven fold increase in the proportion of discussions that involved at least two student participants and a fifty percent increase in the proportion of outside references cited within the body of students’ messages. This latter finding reflected improvement in the quality of on-line discourse among students. This evidence suggests that instructors who are interested in listserv participation should make some of their listserv activities mandatory.
Khan, S. (1997). ListServs in the College Science Classroom: Evaluating Participation and "Richness" in Computer-Mediated Discourse. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education. Charlottesville, VA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education.
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