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Terry Locke

In: The SAGE Handbook of E-learning Research

Chapter 6: Reshaping Rhetorical Space: E-learning through Online Asynchronous Discussion

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Reshaping Rhetorical Space: E-learning through Online Asynchronous Discussion
Reshaping Rhetorical Space: E-learning through Online Asynchronous Discussion
Terry Locke

The theme of this chapter is asynchronous online discussion (AOD) – more commonly known previously as an asynchronous bulletin board (ABB) – and its effectiveness as a medium for learning. Starting with a canonical poem as illustrating the notion of rhetorical space allows one to view this digital medium in a wider context and involves a number of important recognitions. The first of these is that a speaker is always, as Bakhtin noted, a respondent:

He [sic] is not, after all, the first speaker, the one who disturbs the eternal silence of the universe. And he presupposes not only the existence of the language system he is using, but ...

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