From lernerda@h-net.msu.eduTue Feb 13 14:57:34 1996 Date: Tue, 13 Feb 1996 14:28:42 -0500 (EST) From: Dan Lerner To: H-CLC Gopherspace Subject: Re: Email in teaching (fwd) ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Mon, 22 Jan 1996 09:17:05 -0600 From: H-CLC (BD) To: Multiple recipients of list H-CLC Subject: Re: Email in teaching Date: Sun, 21 Jan 1996 12:34:06 -0800 (PST) From: Zoe Borovsky i have never required my students to use email in my courses, but my students and i use it extensively in all my courses. i usually distribute a class list with both phone numbers and email addresses for each student. (the univ. of oregon requires a signed release form from each student before i can do this.) i also make a web page of the class from which students can send each other mail. i have a tight teaching schedule and maintain close contact with each of my students; email, i find, is the best way for me to meet the individualized needs of my students. if they need to make an appt, arrange for a letter of recommendation, an early or late exam, it is easier for me to arrange this from my computer in my office than after class when we are rushed for time. once they establish an initial contact, it is easy to suggest they could send drafts, outlines, and even their final projects via email. since i teach foreign language, i encourage them to write in Norwegian, and offer them information on how to subscribe to email lists (such as NorWord that connects them with other students learning the same language) and newsgroups. one of the advantages to introducing email and educational technology in foreign language courses, is that i have contact with students for a year or two; and can introduce ed tech gradually. i would also argue that there are many similarities between teaching a foreign language and teaching electronic communication: that the pedagogical principles of teaching students a "foreign" language are quite similar to those of teaching students to communicate electronically. zoe borovsky dept of germanic university of oregon