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Disseminating quality controlled scientific knowledge

Professional learning and the on-line discussion

Author(s): Michael Hammond

Journal: Information Research: an international electronic journal
ISSN 1368-1613

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 34;
Date: 1997;
Original page

Keywords: networked learner support | on-line learning | online | distance education | telematics | university | academic | library | information literacy | WWW | World Wide Web

This paper explores the growing interest in professional development through asynchronous electronic discussion. It presents an excerpt from within a recent forum on telematic learning and analyses ways of initiating discussion; styles of messages and learning through on line discussion. The paper suggests that electronic forums have huge potential for developing professional knowledge but points out some of the complexities and paradoxes involved.
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