Developing a Virtual Self: Mastering the Skills of Online Communication
Gertrude (Trudy) Abramson, Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences, Nova Southeastern University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Atlanta, GA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-52-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Thirty graduate students, many of whom currently teach online, were grouped into six teams of five for a blended-learning experience in which they interacted briefly in person and then dispersed to distant locales. Seven weeks were invested in online development of one online product per group. The web-based learning objects were the excuses for interaction; the goal was to learn to be with, speak with, and work with other people despite differences in time and place. A forum (discussion board) was used as the always-available meeting place. Each Community of Practice (CoP) had a dedicated thread in which asynchronous communication flourished. This presentation highlights the process, the products, and the lessons learned therein.
Abramson, G. (2004). Developing a Virtual Self: Mastering the Skills of Online Communication. In R. Ferdig, C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, N. Davis, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2004--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 321-327). Atlanta, GA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).