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The Internet consists of several services that, when combined, can recreate and enhance the interaction possible in teacher education. This paper discusses the strengths and limitations of several computer mediated communication (CMC) technologies available through the Internet, in three categories: (1) one-way CMC (World Wide Web, graphics, audio, video); (2) two-way asynchronous CMC (e-mail, mailing lists, message boards); and (3) two-way synchronous CMC (chat, audio conferencing, video conferencing). One-way CMC serves as the foundation for a course delivered via the Internet; lessons on the Web carry the content for the students to discuss, and the Web can also be used by the self-motivated teacher to find materials for lesson plans, student activities, and personal enrichment. The addition of two-way asynchronous CMC to a Web-based course adds a necessary element for staff development; the ability to question and interact with instructor and peers is essential in any course taken by an educator. Two-way synchronous CMC provides for the instantaneous exchange of ideas. (Contains 18 references.) (AEF)

Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Uses in Education, Distance Education, Educational Technology, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Interaction, Teacher Education, Teaching Methods, Technology Integration, World Wide Web

Autor: Box, Katherine


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