CEC Faculty Articles

Title

Counting is not the solution

Document Type

Article

Date

Fall 1-1-1999

Publication Title

Journal of Instruction Delivery Systems

ISSN or ISBN

0892-4872

Volume

13

Issue

4

First Page

10

Last Page

16

Description

An anytime/anyplace text-based classroom offers learners a remarkable environment for enhancing communication skills. So much of what occurs in society and business is frustrating and inefficient because the people involved communicate poorly. Reflective practitioners, in all fields of endeavor, take time at the end of the day to review the day’s work and to plan for necessary behavioral modifications to ensure better outcomes in the future. The asynchronous classroom is a collaborative mindtool. With it, participants read, reflect, draft responses, reflect on the responses, revise and post for others to enter the process. By crafting careful, thoughtful responses that are checked for relevance, more appropriate communication transpires and more meaningful outcomes are achieved. This article presents one model of collaborative, constructivist discussion. Keywords: asynchronous forum, anytime/anyplace, distance learning evaluation, collaborative mindtool, online learning environment, instruction delivery system.

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