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The new edition of The SAGE Handbook of E-Learning Research retains the original effort of the first edition by focusing on research while capturing the leading edge of e-learning development and practice. Chapters focus on areas of development in e-learning technology, theory, practice, pedagogy and method of analysis. Covering the full extent of e-learning can be a challenge as developments and new features appear daily. The editors of this book meet this challenge by including contributions from leading researchers in areas that have gained a sufficient critical mass to provide reliable results and practices. The 25 chapters are organised into six key areas: 1. THEORY 2. LITERACY & LEARNING 3. METHODS & PERSPECTIVES 4. PEDAGOGY & PRACTICE 5. BEYOND THE CLASSROOM 6. FUTURES
Chapter 6: Reshaping Rhetorical Space: E-learning through Online Asynchronous Discussion
Reshaping Rhetorical Space: E-learning through Online Asynchronous Discussion
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 ...