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Keeping it Simple: The Case for E-Mail

, Open University of Israel, Israel

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Denver, Colorado, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-45-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


The Open University of Israel (OUI) is a distance education institution which offers over 250 computer-mediated-courses through the Internet. All OUI students must pass an English reading comprehension exemption exam or take the University's English reading comprehension courses. Because reading instruction differs from content instruction, different considerations need to affect how best to utilize the computer when planning CMC delivered reading courses. The distance courses in English reading comprehension are transmitted via e-mail rather than the Internet. The purpose of this paper is to recommend this "primitive" option, and to explain why it suits courses of this kind. There is a tendency to move on to ever-more impressive modern technologies, and constantly seek new ones. To avoid falling into the trap that Gabi Salomon referred to as the "technological tail wiggling the educational dog", we decided on the e-mail option.


Haimovic, G. (2002). Keeping it Simple: The Case for E-Mail. In P. Barker & S. Rebelsky (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2002--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 683-687). Denver, Colorado, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 17, 2019 from .