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Title: New Media and Teaching: A

New Media and Teaching A Comfortable Distance
for Controversy?
  • J. Lynn McBrien, University of South Florida
  • New Agendas for Media Literacy Conference
  • Austin, June 2008

Elluminate A Synchronous Online Platform
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Research Questions
  • In what ways, if any, can online technologies
    create opportunities for students to confront
    diverse perspectives?
  • Does distance learning remove us further from one
    another, or can it be used to increase our
    consideration of multiple perspectives?

In Progress
  • Lit review
  • Theoretical Framework
  • Moores (1993) theory of Transactional Distance.

  • Primarily qualitative
  • To date, about 170 student responses
  • Indirect questions for my research questions

Theme 1 Comfortable Environment
  • It was nice to have class in the comfort of my
    own home, especially because it takes me
    approximately an hour to get to school.
  • I loved the opportunity to work from home and be
    present for sessions.
  • Allows for a more comfortable learning
  • Its convenient for working people who rush
    around to get to class like myself.

Theme 2 Enjoyment
  • It was fun and quite enjoyable.
  • Our session went better than I expected. Our time
    seemed to go by very fast.
  • I am excited about this new technology.
  • I really enjoyed this session. I feel like we all
    got a chance to communicate, and it almost felt
    like a debate which was great.

Theme 3 Increased Participation
  • I think more people were able to communicate on
    the subjects than in class.
  • I actually enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I
    would. We all got a lot out there to each other,
    so I think the little bit of confusion was worth
  • We held quite a good conversation during the
    session, and I dont think we would have
    accomplished that in the classroom.
  • It allowed more peer feedback, being able to
    listen as well as read messages. I was encouraged
    to learn something new.

Theme 3b Total Participation
  • It enables everyone to be able to speak and
    discuss, rather than just a few people in class.
    I also like in-class discussions, but there is no
    requirement that we have to discuss in class, so
    it is usually only a few people that end up
    discussing the whole time.

Theme 4 Psychological Comfort
  • It is a great way of having discussions because
    it is not intimidating.
  • I really enjoyed it because I felt more
    comfortable speaking. Students can freely speak
    without being put on the spot.
  • Very positive, felt ability to be more open,
    especially on controversial subjects.
  • Its easier to open up in class discussions. Not
    everyone likes to talk in front of people.

Theme 4a Quality of Learning
  • In class I may feel uncomfortable to ask a
    question because everyone looks at you. But on
    Elluminate, I felt I could really think for
    myself without the influence of others and I
    really liked that I could learn more because so
    many times in class you are worried about what
    others will think of your answer.
  • Positive. I enjoyed the discussion among peers
    which I feel contributed to my learning
    experience. I could talk without feeling
    embarrassed to speak in front of a class staring
    back at me.

Theme 4b Comfort of Anonymity
  • I find it helpful to collect my thoughts before I
    write something because in class I know things
    but cannot answer them as fast as the young
  • No one knows that Im one of the older
    students, and wont dismiss what I say because my
    views are outdated. Everyone has an equal voice.
    I feel more comfortable to express my views

Theme 5 Reflection
  • I never thought I would like discussion boards. I
    am one who likes to learn in the classroom. I
    take notes and I study. Unfortunately, I dont
    always understand. When I took my first online
    course, I began to read the inputs of other
    students. What a great technology tool. Not all
    students speak up in class discussion boards
    allow me to understand other perspectives, and I
    grow in knowledge and learning. Online
    technology has actually benefited my learning. I
    can reread others inputs and I dont have to try
    and write them all down, like I would in a
    regular classroom setting, because it is already
    written down.