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Workshop on Exploring Writing and Agency in Asynchronous CMC

Gough, A.Martin (2006) Workshop on Exploring Writing and Agency in Asynchronous CMC. In: Society for Research into Higher Education Annual Conference, 12-14 Dec.2006, Thistle Hotel, Brighton. (Unpublished) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:25326)

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I would argue overall that asynchronous computer mediated conferencing, if facilitated properly, despite its being essentially a text-based medium, will provide a positive contribution to the realization of the Socratic ideal of learning by co-operative knowledge construction which takes seriously the autonomy of learners, linking to the Enhancing the Student Experience research domain (boundaries between modes of study as well as considering students as a diverse group).

I propose an interactive session which will consider vignettes, about electronic media and small group teaching, in our working culture, linking to the Academic Practice research domain as well as to the Learning and Teaching research domain (boundaries between electronic and other learning resources).

We shall also look at a Socratic dialogue, facilitating critical analyses of the Platonic, the post-structuralist and the Sartrean views of writing. I would argue from this that, whilst Derrida provides an illuminating critique of Plato’s Socrates's objection to writing, and Barthes provides a complementary and clarificatory case why we should regard texts rather than their authors as bearers of meaning, Socrates's stance that writing (in the context, at least, of learning) is nonetheless lifeless holds up unless we adopt a Sartrean view of writing as action.

We may also muse on the undercurrent here about disciplinarity, and boundaries between disciplines, as regards approaching research into higher education, the juxtapositions of empirical and philosophical or other abstract theoretical contributions to investigation into such questions as how to improve student learning.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Other)
Subjects: T Technology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
P Language and Literature
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BD Speculative Philosophy
Divisions: Divisions > Directorate of Education > Centre for the Study of Higher Education
Depositing User: Martin Gough
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2010 15:43 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:03 UTC
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