Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education


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To Improve the Academy, published by The Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education, volume 15, 1996.


The introduction of computer-mediated communication into the college classroom has been a subject of concern to faculty interested both in exploring means of enhancing communication with their students and in facilitating students' learning about the technological revolution occurring in the business and professional worlds. The tools available to faculty include electronic mail (e-mail), bulletin boards, electronic conferencing, and electronic searching (or surfing) for information, via the Internet. This paper reviews the findings from different measures taken during a campus-wide project to test computer- mediated communication, in order to provide some suggestions about ways of enhancing the teaching-learning connection through classroom projects utilizing e-mail and the Internet.