Computer Mediated Communication
Participants should have previous experience with the usage of electronic mail and have a basic understanding of computers and how they work and are used.
The lectures will be in Swedish, but the exam and group task can be done in English and the main textbook will be in English. It is possible to take this course segment without knowledge of Swedish, since most of the course segment material is in English and since if you do not go to the lectures, you can read the book and written material instead. If you want the exam in English, you should notify Jacob Palme well in advance of the date of the exam.
Approximate Lecture Schedule
See the schema for a particular term for more exact information about what will be said when. Topic information may not exactly follow the schema.
|Research on CMC|
|Values and ideologies|
|Speech act theory and software based on speech act theory|
|Law and ethics|
|A personal history of CMC|
|Chats, muds and moos|
Course segment reading
Main course book:
Herring, Susan C. (ed): Computer-Mediated Communication Linguistic, Social and Cross-Cultural Perspectives, John Benjamins Publishing, 1996.
Papers copied to course segment participants:
These papers will be sold by Studerandeexpeditionen at DSV.
Computer Mediated Communication Course Segment, 3p, Segment Description (=the document you are reading now).
Copies of some chapters from Jacob Palme: Electronic Mail. Artech Books 1995.
Palme, Jacob: Copies of overhead pictures about Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (partly in Swedish).
Alan Dix et al: Groupware: In Human-Computer Interaction Prentice Hall, 1993, ISBN 0-13-437-211-5, pp 423-468.
Alan Dix et al: CSCW Issues and Theory: In Human-Computer Interaction Prentice Hall, 1993, ISBN 0-13-437-211-5, pp. 469-514.
Sara Kiesler et al: Social Psychological Aspects of Computer-Mediated Communication, in American Psychologist (1984) 39 (10) pp. 1123-1134.
Charles Dunlop and Rob Kling: Social Relationships in Electronic Communities, from Computerization and Controversy: Value Conflicts and Social Choices, Academic Press 1991, ISBN 0-12-224356-0.
Work task specification for this course segment is available in English or Swedish. The work task should be done in groups of 2-3 students, but students with special reasons (such as work) may supply the work task individually. Preface form to be used when submitting the task is available in HTML and RTF format.
There will be no teacher supervision during the times reserved in the terminal room during the course. These times are only meant for writing the report from the work task.
Warning: The course content has changed in 1997 and again in 2001. In 1997, more technical material was added, and the length of the course was extended from 3 to 4 weeks. In 2001, the technical material added in 1997 was removed, the extent was again reduced to 3 weeks, and the course book was changed. This means that old exams may contain questions on issues not included in the course. In particular, the last two exam questions in 1997-2000 covered technical issues not included in the course any longer in 2001.
All students must register in advance for the exam.
No documents except ordinary language dictonaries can be brought to the exam.
What is important for the exam
There can be questions on the exam on anything in the course material. Do not forget the additional papers, there are often questions on them in the exam, questions which are not covered only by the book.
I try to make questions on important principles, not on detailed issues or names. However, I may regard things as important, which you might regard as a detail.
The detailed technical questions in exams before 2001 will not occur in 2001, since the course content has been changed so that this is not any more included in the course.
If you do not go to the lectures: Read carefully the copies of overhead slides provided for some of the lectures. They contain information which may not be anywhere else in the documentation.
Mailing List or First Class Conference
Important information about this segment will be distributed through an e-mail mailing list and a First Class conference. The same information will be sent to both the mailing list and the First Class conference, so students can choose to subscribe to either.
All course participants should either register for this list or regularly access the First Class conference.
To register for the mailing list, send a message to: email@example.com which contains the text:
SUB EPOST Nils Nilsson
where "Nils Nilsson" is replaced by your name (not your e-mail address).
Important: This text should be in the text of the message, not in the Subject!
You should get a confirmation message from LISTSERV saying that you have been added to the list.
After doing this, you can send questions about the course by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The question and my answer will be published both through the mailing list and in First Class, even if you send the question only to the mailing list.
If you prefer to get the information through First Class, get an account at the DSV First Class server, and move the INTPRO meeting, and its submeetings (INTPRO Dokumentation, INTPRO Handledning and INTPRO Fritt forum), to your First Class desktop. However, if you prefer to use First Class, you should still send your questions to the teacher by e-mail to email@example.com and not write them in the first class conference. Your questions, and the teachers's answers, will still appear in the First Class conference.
At the end of the course, you can unsubscribe from the mailing list, by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org which contains the text:
Get a working e-mail address
In order to take part in this course, you have to have a working e-mail address, where you read your mail regularly. Note that DSV can give you an e-mail address on our computers, if you do not have any. You can also get free e-mail accounts with a number of Internet providers.
If you have an e-mail account outside from DSV, but also have a Unix account at DSV (such an account automatically includes an e-mail account), and if you read your e-mail more regularly on the account outside of DSV, then you should arrange for forwarding of e-mail from the DSV account to the external mail account. There is a simple description on how to do this.
E-mail at DSV
Students at DSV can get their own e-mail accounts. Here is more information about the e-mail services provided by DSV (in Swedish).
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