Leveraging multicommunication in the classroom: Implications for participation and engagement

Keri K. Stephens, Melissa Murphy, Kerk F. Kee

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6 Scopus citations


Computer-mediated classrooms are proliferating and instructors are finding creative ways to reach the digital learners of today. But with all these technology tools, making decisions that are guided by solid pedagogical practices are vital. This study relies on instructional communication, multicommunication practices, and interactivity research and how they play key roles when creating a participatory classroom environment. The tool used to address the problems outlined in this case study is webconferencing-a synchronous Web-based platform that allows the instructor to share slides, create real-time surveys (polls), and provide text chat opportunities for students who are co-located or dispersed. By leveraging the webconferencing tools and the desires of the Net Generation, the classroom in this study became more inclusive, communicative, and interactive.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTeaching, Learning and the Net Generation
Subtitle of host publicationConcepts and Tools for Reaching Digital Learners
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9781613503478
StatePublished - 2011


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