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Sinking in a C-M sea: a graduate student's experience of learning through asynchronous computer-mediated communication

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While formats for online university courses vary according to subject and sponsoring university, many graduate level courses incorporate Computer-Mediated Communication (C-MC) as a context for learning. Wanting personally to experience a C-MC, I enrolled in an asynchronous graduate course. I found, however, that I was not prepared for what transpired during those thirteen weeks in that virtual classroom: my learning style and conceptual framework were challenged, and my pedagogical paradigm given a good shake. What follows is a reflective dialogue on my C-MC learning experience. I have deliberately chosen to objectify my experience into a third person dialogue format for two reasons: dialogue heightens the idea of social construction of knowledge, and it presents a representation of the learning which occurred when my dominant learning style encountered an unfamiliar, hence uncomfortable, learning environment.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of Toronto Canada

Publication date: June 1, 2004

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