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Experiences from a distance course conducted during 1996-97 for high-school teachers in Sweden and reports from other experiments have yielded the conclusion that collaborating via electronic conferencing systems demands new communication patterns. This paper uses theories about communication, group processes, and shared symbolic order and social environment to examine what happened, how to solve problems, and how to take advantage of new possibilities. The following hypothesis is formulated: one can improve the efficiency in distance learning by introducing the participants to the special character of electronic conferencing systems communication and group processes; such an introduction ought to be based on the students' experiences and actions. A field experiment conducted during the autumn term of 1998 to test this hypothesis is summarized. (Author/AEF)

Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Cooperative Learning, Distance Education, Foreign Countries, Group Dynamics, Group Instruction, High Schools, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Secondary School Teachers, Social Environment, Teleconferencing

Author: Fahraeus, Eva R.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=6881&id=ED432227

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