Computer-Mediated Communication challenges Chinese teachers' authority
by Hung-Ling Twu
International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning (IJCEELL), Vol. 17, No. 2/3, 2007

Abstract: Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) has empowered online learners to engage in active online interaction. Chinese students, too, are empowered with this new learning tool, offering a new opportunity to engage in communication about their revered teachers. They may mistakenly employ this new power without observing the appropriate uses and applications of CMC. This paper examines Chinese online flaming behaviours. Chinese teachers should take advantage of the potential presented by CMC for active online interaction, and teacher authority should be permitted to be challenged. Online students should be tutored in online etiquette suitable to regulate their online CMC behaviours, and also be encouraged to participate in positive online interaction.

Online publication date: Thu, 10-May-2007

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