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

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 ...

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