Skip to main content
Article thumbnail
Location of Repository

Improving instructional effectiveness with computer‐mediated communication

By Som Naidu, John Barrett and Peter Olsen


This study explores the use of asynchronous Computer‐Mediated Communication (CMC) in the delivery of instructional content, and points up the interaction among learners, as well as between learners and instructors. The instructional content in the project described was available to learners online as Microsoft Word documents, with email being used for communicating within the student group. Many students, as well as some of the instructors, felt uncomfortable with the flexibility and openness that a CMC environment allowed. However, once familiar with this process of instruction and interaction, learners were able to work consistently at their own pace, and understand that instructors are interested in every individual learner's opinion and in the collective views of the group. It was evident that a CMC‐based instructional delivery system, when carefully planned, has the potential to facilitate that outcome, and to improve instructional effectiveness

Topics: LB Theory and practice of education, LC1022 - 1022.25 Computer-assisted Education
Publisher: Universit of Wales Press
Year: 1995
DOI identifier: 10.1080/0968776950030207
OAI identifier:

Suggested articles


  1. (1993). Computer Conferencing. The Last Word,
  2. (1993). Computer-mediated Communication for Distance Education: an International Review of Design, Teaching,
  3. (1984). Cooperative small-group learning', doi
  4. (1993). Global Networks: Computers and International Communication, doi
  5. (1974). Instructional goal structure: cooperative, competitive or individualistic', doi
  6. (1981). Peer group influence on educational outcomes: a quantitative synthesis', doi
  7. (1994). Teachers as technology leaders: five case studies',
  8. (1988). The effects of variation of lesson control and practice on learning from interactive video'.

To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.