There are three types of
- the digital form of letter writing. Email has becomes so ubiquitous
that most people are very familiar with how to use it and have email
available to them through different channels; work, school, home,
- Listservs - an
expanded, more organized form of email. Listservs allow a participant
to post a message once and have it distributed via email to everyone
on a 'list'.
- Bulletin boards, newsgroups,
- bulletin boards and newsgroups have been around as long as the Internet
has been in existence. With the coming of the Web and its graphical
capabilities, new software has been developed that makes participating
in discussions much easier and graphically pleasing.
The purpose of this web site
is to discuss the effective uses of asynchronous
discussion boards (ADB), but will include uses of email to
There are three different
types of software used by the professors I interviewed.
- threaded discussions are divided by topics. Participants can reply
to a topic or post their own. Allows attachment of graphics, documents,
audio clips, etc. Messages are displays by post heading in nested
fashion. You must click on the heading to be able to read the message.
- linear discussions are divided by topics.
Participants can reply to a topic or post their own. All messages
posted under a topic are displayed and can be read or scanned by manipulating
the scroll bar. Allows attachments if software is configured to do
so. - www.discusware.com
Community - threaded discussions. Participants can reply
to a topic or post their own - http://communities.msn.com/home
Site designed by Eli
Collins-Brown as part of her treatise presentation for her
M.Ed. in Educational Research and Collaboration,
Texas Christian University,