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E-Mail Distribution Lists in Adult Learning: A Historical Perspective

E-Mail Distribution Lists in Adult Learning: A Historical Perspective
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Author(s): Mauri Collins (University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA) and Zane Berge (University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA)
Copyright: 2008
Pages: 15
Source title: Handbook of Research on Computer Mediated Communication
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Sigrid Kelsey (Louisiana State University, USA) and Kirk St.Amant (East Carolina University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-863-5.ch049

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Abstract

Online, e-mail-based discussion groups are contemporary examples of an historical tradition of voluntary, informal, learning groups used by adults for topical discussion, fellowship, and learning. Because the discussion among group members takes the form of e-mail exchanges, they are also been likened to historical correspondence networks. This chapter sets the historical context of the e-mail-based discussion groups that preceded the extensive use of bulletin-board style discussion forums in contemporary learning management systems.

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