Constraints on the use of computer-mediated communication to facilitate teaching

Year: 1994

Author: Rice, Mary T.

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

In recent years computer-mediated communication (CMC) has become an international phenomenon and one which has enormous educational potential for students studying in a multi-modal, multi-campus environment. In particular, it has the potential for teachers and students to construct new ways of learning which are unique to the medium and consistent with constructivist perspectives on teaching and learning. Yet this potential is often not realised because of the attitudinal, technological and institutional barriers which affect usage of the medium and, in particular, its pedagogical usage.

Drawing on comparative case studies, this paper outlines the ways in which CMC has been used with various groups of graduate and postgraduate students, identifies some of the more common barriers which affect how it is used, and describes attempts being trialled to overcome them.