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This study examined the efficacy of a class discussion conducted by listserv which was used instead of classroom meetings for a graduate seminar. Research focused on whether this mode of communication was successful for the purpose of the course, and how this mode of communication could be improved as a means for replacing or supplementing face-to-face classroom discussion. Eight students and two faculty members made up the discussion group. Data were collected through analysis of all of the listserv messages, a student questionnaire, and interviews with instructors. Results indicated that: this method of communication was successful for the purpose of this class; students critically analyzed and synthesized reading material; and the listserv had the advantages of greater opportunity to consider responses and convenience compared to face-to-face discussion. Disadvantages were that the listserv was very demanding and time consuming and that visual and auditory nuances were missed. Improvements suggested included keeping the discussion on the topic, limiting the time for discussion, being sure everyone participated, and not being required to lead the discussion for a full week. The student questionnaire with a summary of responses is included. (AEF)

Descriptors: Class Activities, Communication Research, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Uses in Education, Content Analysis, Cooperative Learning, Distance Education, Graduate Study, Group Discussion, Higher Education, Instructional Improvement, Interviews, Listservs, Questionnaires, Student Attitudes, Student Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Use Studies

Autor: Weiss, Renee E.; Morrison, Gary R.

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=7838&id=ED423868

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