Computer mediated communication of discourse: learning together online

Hope-Hume, Robert Alan (2002). Computer mediated communication of discourse: learning together online. MPhil thesis The Open University.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21954/ou.ro.000101c9

Abstract

Computer mediated communication (CMC) is a new form of communication that is increasingly being used in academic discourse. This research examines such key issues as how literacy is affected by the use of CMC, how computers can be used to teach collaboratively and the role of CMC in developing written argument. A shift from print-based literacy to interactive electronic-based literacy has the potential to transform the nature of both literacy and pedagogy.

This project employs a Socio-cultural and Discourse Analysis perspective and investigates the use of CMC in post-graduate education and its effect on academic literacy. It also examines how computer mediated collaboration can effectively aid the process of induction into communities of discursive practice.

This study will investigate the dialogical nature of academic discourse and the relationship of CMC to collaborative learning.

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