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EJournal
An electronic journal concerned with the implications
of electronic networks and texts

EJournal is a pioneering all-electronic, peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary academic journal published since 1991. We are especially interested in theory and practice surrounding the creation, transmission, storage, interpretation, alteration and replication of electronic "text," broadly defined. We are also interested in the broader social, psychological, literary, economic and pedagogical implications of computer-mediated networks. 

Volume 12-13  Number 1   March 2003

In This Issue:

Link to Editors' Foreword, V12-13N1 Editors' Foreword

Doug Brent and Joanna Richardson
 
Link to Social Networking in the On-line Classroom Feature Article
Social Networking in the Online Classroom: 
Foundations of Effective Online Learning

Robert Woods
Spring Arbor University
Samuel Ebersole
University of Southern Colorado


Abstract:

Successful online instructors understand the relationship between social
dynamics and cognitive learning in the online classroom. A positive social
dynamic can connect learners in meaningful ways, support knowledge
construction and extend collaborative learning opportunities. Online and
offline community-building strategies, if intentionally integrated into the
online classroom, can create social networks among learners that eventually
help instructors bridge the gap between the task (cognitive) and
interpersonal (social) dimensions of learning.   Robert Woods and Samuel Ebersole present the idea of the "communal scaffold" as a way to conceptualize the process of social networking and offer practical guidelines for building a socially-connected online learning environment. 
 

Iadis Announcement Announcement: Iadis WWW/Internet Conference
  
NCA Announcement Announcement: EJournal forges links with the National Communication Association

Founding Editor 
 
Ted Jennings, Emeritus,  University at Albany, State University of New York.
 
Founding Advisory Board 

Dick Lanham, University of California at Los Angeles 
  Stevan Harnad, University of Southampton
Ann Okerson, Association of Research Libraries 
  Joe Raben City, University of New York
Bob Scholes, Brown University 
  Harry Whitaker, University of Quebec at Montreal
Current Advisory Board 

Stevan Harnad, University of Southampton 
  Charles Ess, Drury University
Frank E. X. Dance, University of Denver 
  Rob Kling, Center for Social Informatics, Indiana University
Ann Okerson, Association of Research Libraries

Editors 

Doug Brent, University of Calgary
  Joanna Richardson, Bond University
ISSN 1054-1055 



EJournal receives financial and technical support from
the Learning Commons and the Faculty of Communication and Culture, University of Calgary