Reflections on e-learning from a communication perspective.
Gary Mersham, The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand
Journal of Open, Flexible, and Distance Learning Volume 13, Number 1, ISSN 1179-7665 e-ISSN 1179-7665 Publisher: Distance Education Association of New Zealand
This article uses a dialogical model of communication to reflect on communication in e-learning. It is argued that teaching and learning is a singular, dialogical communicative process leading to a shared negotiation of meaning congruent with the collaborative-constructivist perspective. However, misunderstanding and miscommunication are common and less detectable in an online environment, raising questions about the limitations of communication in the context of e-learning.The author examines the importance of communication contexts in e-learning, probing issues of interpersonal and group contexts in the matrix of possible interactions as well as those of distance, place, and proximity. The author also speculates on the limits of encoding and decoding and exchange of meaning in the e-learning transactional process, and the affordances and disaffordances of mediated communication.
Mersham, G. (2009). Reflections on e-learning from a communication perspective. Journal of Open, Flexible, and Distance Learning, 13(1), 51-70. Distance Education Association of New Zealand.
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