CEC Faculty Proceedings, Presentations, Speeches and Lectures

Title

Developing a virtual self: Mastering the skills of online communication

Event Location / Date(s)

Atlanta, GA, March 2, 2004

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Presentation Date

3-2-2004

Conference Name / Publication Title

Fifteenth International Conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education

ISSN or ISBN

978-1-880094-52-5

First Page

321

Last Page

327

Description

Thirty graduate students, many of whom currently teach online, were grouped into six teams of five for a blended-learning experience in which they interacted briefly in person and then dispersed to distant locales. Seven weeks were invested in online development of one online product per group. The web-based learning objects were the excuses for interaction; the goal was to learn to be with, speak with, and work with other people despite differences in time and place. A forum (discussion board) was used as the always-available meeting place. Each Community of Practice (CoP) had a dedicated thread in which asynchronous communication flourished. This presentation highlights the process, the products, and the lessons learned therein.

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