Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, ISBN 978-1-880094-33-4 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Over the last two decades, the growth of the Internet has truly been staggering. Electronic communities have flourished as hardware, software, and network infrastructures have become more accessible, more affordable, and simpler to use. In education, we have witnessed an extraordinary evolution, from the days when only a few educators were familiar with the Internet, to today, when almost all educators have access to email, the web, and other Internet resources. On today's college and university campuses, electronic communication between students and faculty is a common occurrence, and new electronic communities are forming as educators and their students use online communications resources to discuss issues related to their courses. With the growing popularity of distance education, asynchronous discussion mechanisms are an essential part of most online course management system or OCMS (Graziadei, 1997). They also serve as the primary communication channel for other kinds of virtual communities including special interest groups (SIGs), discussion forums, committees, collaborative workgroups and the like.
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