Unraveling the message quilt: A case-study examination of student interaction in computer-based communication assignments

Chelley Vician, Susan A. Brown

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Abstract

Student interaction and computer-based communication tool usage patterns were examined in two courses that required active use of computer-based communication tools. University students completed a set of communication assignments with either the instructor or other students as the primary audience. Case analyses developed from interviews, interaction coding, and qualitative analysis compare the communication content, the communication exchange format, and the timing of the communicative interaction of these student assignments. The results show that content focused on substantive course material, the exchange format closely mirrored the assignments, and a significant proportion of the communication took place outside of the "normal" 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. timeframe. These results suggest that instructors must carefully consider the outcomes they desire from the technology to be sure that assignments will lead to those outcomes. Additionally, the results indicate that students do use the technology at varying times, resulting in an expanded classroom space.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)211-229
Number of pages19
JournalComputers and Composition
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Active learning
  • Computer-based communication
  • Interaction coding
  • Pedagogy
  • Student-instructor interaction
  • Student-student interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education
  • Linguistics and Language

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