Chris Jones

Chris Jones
Liverpool John Moores University | LJMU · CERES (Centre for Educational Research)

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Introduction
Chris Jones is an Emeritus Professor at Liverpool John Moores University. Chris does research in Networked Learning, Educational Technology and Higher Education. An ESRC project he completed in 2010 is 'Net Generation (1st Year Students) and Technology.'
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October 2005 - September 2012
The Open University (UK)
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  • Professor (Full)
April 1999 - September 2005
Lancaster University
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  • Lecturer

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This paper reviews some foundational issues that we believe will affect the progress of CSCL over the next 10 years. In particular, we examine the terms technology, affordance, and infrastructure, and we propose a relational approach to their use in CSCL. Following a consideration of networks, space, and trust as conditions of productive learning,...
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Since the turn of this century, much of the world has undergone tectonic socio technological change. Computers have left the isolated basements of research institutes and entered people’s homes. Network connectivity has advanced from slow and unreliable modems to high-speed broadband. Devices have evolved: from stationary desktop computers to ever-...
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Reference for published version: Jones, C. (2019). Capital, Neoliberalism and Educational Technology. Postdigital Science and Education. DOI : 10.1007/s42438-019-00042-1 https://doi.org/10.1007/s42438-019-00042-1 --------- I have been asked by experienced colleagues what neoliberalism means and why it is relevant in educational technology. To me...
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This chapter reviews the way experience has been understood, and the research agendas associated with that understanding, in networked learning. In the contemporary context the student ‘experience’ is part of common speech and often associated with a consumerist discourse, especially in the UK and USA. The widespread use of digital and networked te...
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Networked learning has always had a connection to a set of pedagogic values and it has defined itself as linked to the development of information and communication technologies. These values and the technologies which allow for the development of contemporary networked learning mean that the field has an implicit politics. In an age of austerity wh...
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Open education emerged when the state had an active role in shaping and financing post-secondary education. In the twenty-first century, two pressures influence the way openness is conceived. The first is the compounding of neo-liberal economics with austerity following the financial crash of 2008. The second is the consolidation of networked and d...
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This book posits the idea that networked learning is the one new paradigm in learning theory that has resulted from the introduction of digital and networked technologies. It sets out, in a single volume, a critical review of the main ideas and then articulates the case for adopting a networked learning perspective in a variety of educational setti...
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Networked learning naturally focuses on learning, but learning is not thought of as an abstract phenomenon it involves real people and organisations. In this chapter, the focus is on the learner, but it is on real embodied students rather than broad generalisations. The learner is not something generic, the learner is always a substantial person, e...
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This chapter reviews research on computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL). Its scope includes learning that takes place face-to-face, remotely, and in blends of face-to-face and remote activity. It considers learning in groups of various sizes (from dyads to learning communities). It considers a range of approaches intended to promote and s...
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This chapter critically examines student characteristics in light of the popular discourse which describes students as part of a net generation of digital native young people. Digital and networked technologies have clearly changed the possibilities for students to learn and the ways in which teaching and learning can be conducted. It is also claim...
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In this chapter, the authors explore perspectives on the notion of “digital natives” and present a case in which Web 2.0 technologies were introduced to students. They discuss studies critical of the generational metaphor, and argue that it should not be uncritically assumed that there is a generation of digital natives, but that young people may n...
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This chapter critically examines the idea that young people have undergone a change in which exposure to digital and networked technologies has caused a step change in the character of a whole generation. The empirical and theoretical basis for this argument is reviewed and critical theoretical perspectives are assessed. Evidence from earlier resea...
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This paper outlines a problem we have found in our own practice when we have been developing new researchers at post-graduate level. When students begin research training and practice, they are often confused between different levels of thinking when they are faced with methods, methodologies and research paradigms. We argue that this confusion ari...
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Hodgson, V., Jones, C., De Laat, M., McConnell, D., Ryberg, T., & Sloep, P. B. (Eds.) (2012). Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Networked Learning 2012. April, 2-4, 2012, Maastricht, The Netherlands.
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Focusing on intermediate and institutional levels of design for learning, this chapter explores how institutional decisions relate to design, using recent experience at The Open University as a case study. To illuminate the relationship between institutional decisions and learner-focused design, we review and bring together some of the research on...
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This special issue is being published at a significant point in time in relation tosimultaneous changes in higher education, in technology and in the field of learningtechnology itself. As the 2011 ALT C conference themes clearly state, learningtechnology needs to learn to thrive in a colder and more challenging climate. In thisdifficult political...
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New practices associated with the Internet are profoundly affecting many aspects of daily life and learning. The flood of information online, and the increased use of mobile and internet-based platforms, affect from whom, where and what we learn, how we constitute and engage with learning communities, and how we trust online information and relatio...
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This chapter introduces the idea of networked learning environments and argues that these environments provide the totality of surrounding conditions for learning in digital networks. It provides illustrative vignettes of the ways that students appropriate networked environments for learning. The chapter then examines the notion of networked learni...
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This paper outlines a problem we have found in our own practice when we have been developing new researchers at post-graduate level. When students begin research training and practice, they are often confused between different levels of thinking when they are faced with methods, methodologies and research paradigms. We argue that this confusion ari...
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This paper reports on the results of a two-year study carried out in five different universities in the UK on different facets of learner experiences of digital technology use. Two self-completion surveys were administered- one in the beginning and another one towards the end of the academic year. The results showed that distance learners aged 25 y...
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This article examines the significance of place and location at a time when mobile and networked technologies allow students access from a diversity of contexts. The article reports a cultural probe exercise. Over a 24-hour period, undergraduate students received SMS text messages and recorded answers to a fixed set of prompt questions using a smal...
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The idea that there has been a sharp and fundamental break between young people and previous generations has become commonplace. It can be found widely in policy statements and in commercial rhetoric, it is referenced repeatedly in academic work and it persists despite a growing body of evidence that questions the foundations of the idea (Kennedy e...
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Based on research investigating English first-year university students, this paper examined the case made for a new generation of young learners often described as the Net Generation or Digital Natives in terms of agency and choice. Generational arguments set out a case that links young people's attitudes and orientations to their lifelong exposure...
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This article presents results from a longitudinal survey of first-year students' time spent on living and learning technologies at university, their frequency of using specific learning technologies and their competence with these tools. Data were analysed from two similar surveys at the start and at the end of the academic year for students studyi...
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In this paper, we return to two descriptions of the ways that learning is located in technology enhanced environments. The idea of a local habitation arose in the context of an ecological view of the way people shaped new technologies for their own needs and it stood in opposition to the idea that new media and technologies led to inevitable conseq...
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This article reports key findings from the first phase of a research project investigating Net generation age students as they encounter e-learning at five universities in England. We take a critical view of the idea of a distinct generation which has been described using various terms including Net generation and Digital Natives and explore age re...
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This chapter critiques the roles of different forms of representation of practice as part of an institutional change process. It discusses how these representations can be used both to design and to share learning activities at the various levels of decision-making in a university. We illustrate our arguments with empirical data gathered on change...
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In this chapter, the authors explore perspectives on the notion of "digital natives" and present a case in which Web 2.0 technologies were introduced to students. They discuss studies critical of the generational metaphor, and argue that it should not be uncritically assumed that there is a generation of digital natives, but that young people may n...
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The final years of the twentieth century and early years of the twenty first century have been marked by the rapid rise of digital and networked technologies. Some have even called it a paradigm shift and suggested that it will lead to a dramatic change in the way young people learn (Tapscott and Williams, 2010). As with all commentary on new techn...
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This paper presents results from a longitudinal study on first-year students’ expectations and actual reported use of information and communication technologies (ICT) at university. The study was interested in firstly, knowing if students from the Net Generation (≤ 25 years) would appropriate more ICT time for both social life and leisure, and stud...
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The paper presents work from a longitudinal study on how first year students from the Net Generation use ICT tools. Using factor analysis, the research found that students can be categorized into clusters based on whether they were using web 2.0 tools (web interactive), audio and video editing tools (technical-oriented), social networking tools (so...
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This paper looks at the results of a longitudinal study on how frequently the Net Generation students (i.e. those born in the 1980s) use technologies in their first year of university. Eight technology groupings were explored including web 2.0, social networking and computer software. The research investigated whether older Net Generation students...
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This paper reports on the first phase of research that investigates the Net generation entering university. The paper focuses on claims about the Net generation’s relationship to collaboration and cooperation and the ways that this relationship is associated with technological rather than social processes. Based on a survey of first year students i...
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This paper discusses the role of institutional issues in the deployment of infrastructures for learning and the ways in which they can impact on the range of choices and opportunities for collaboration in university education. The paper is based on interviews with 12 key informants selected from relevant staff categories during the deployment of a...
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This paper discusses the role of institutional issues in the deployment of infrastructures for learning and the ways in which they can impact on the range of choices and opportunities for collaboration in university education. The paper is based on interviews with 12 key informants selected from relevant staff categories during the deployment of a...
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This paper reports on the first phase of research that investigates the Net generation entering university. The paper focuses on claims about the Net generation's relationship to collaboration and cooperation and the ways that this relationship is associated with technological rather than social processes. Based on a survey of first year students i...
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This paper reports the first phase of an ESRC funded research project to investigate first year students’ use of technology in relation to the idea of young people born after 1983 forming a distinct age cohort described variously as the Net generation or Digital Natives. The research took place in five English universities in the spring of 2008. Th...
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The term Net generation suggests that the generation of young people born after 1983 are different from any preceding generation because they have been exposed to digital technology in their day-to-day existence, and that this is has a profound impact on their attitudes and approach to learning. Examining the use of the terms Net generation and Dig...
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This book provides an essential resource for researchers and practitioners in the area of networked learning. Networked learning is learning in which information and communication technology is used to promote connections: between one learner and other learners; between learners and tutors and between a learning community and its learning resources...
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In this paper, we explore the idea of weak ties in networked learning. We go back to the original conception of the strength of weak ties (Granovetter 1973) and relate this to a dialogic understanding of networked learning (Koschmann 1999, Dysthe 2002). These theoretical ideas are applied to the examination of two networked settings in which educat...
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The use of networked technologies has become ubiquitous in universities in advanced industrial countries. The same physical spaces may still be used for teaching but an infrastructure to support digital technologies is now in place allowing the widespread use of high speed networks and Web 2.0 services by academic staff and students. Institutions o...
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This paper examines the use of digital resources by academic staff in a single UK University and its influence on academic practice over a two to three year period. The paper describes two linked studies that address several of the themes regarding the impact of electronic resources identified in this special edition. In particular it provides find...
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This paper draws on the work of Mikhail Bakhtin and Norman Fairclough to show how dialogue is central to the construction of identity in networked management learning. The paper is based on a case study of a networked management learning course in higher education and attempts to illustrate how participants negotiate issues of difference, inclusivi...
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This paper reviews some foundational issues that we believe will affect the progress of CSCL over the next ten years. In particular, we examine the terms technology, affordance, and infrastructure and we propose a relational approach to their use in CSCL. Following a consideration of networks, space, and trust as conditions of productive learning,...
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This paper reports considerations being made by those responsible for introducing staff at a large distance university to the possibilities for developing new practices around the introduction of a new institution wide VLE. How can new or emergent practices be codified into sharable representations and shared by a large and dispersed workforce? The...
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The Conference was run in association with the Kaleidoscope Network and was supported by the Higher Education Academy. Papers critically reporting on the results of research and evaluation in Networked Learning were presented on the main themes of: Networking and networks Dialogue and dialogicality Cultural issues within cyberspace Learning theorie...
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This article explores the experience of a researcher who was part of a pan-European team exploring one of the currently available avatar worlds used for educational purposes. The article reports research undertaken as part of the European Union (EU)-funded project EQUEL (e-quality in e-learning) from the point of view of a single researcher. The EQ...
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This paper reports findings from a study of undergraduates’ expectations about, and experiences of, networked learning using computer-mediated conferencing (CMC). The data come from questionnaires administered at the start and end of four different courses, and their interpretation is informed by a set of interviews with students and teachers invol...
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Computer-based systems have great potential for delivering learning material. Here, a Web-based learning management system is employed by a medical university to support undergraduate courses. The objective was to help the university's staff to understand ...
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This paper reviews some foundational issues that affect the progress of CSCL. In particular we examine the terms technology, affordance and infrastructure and propose a relational approach to their use in CSCL. Following a consideration of networks, space and trust we propose an indirect approach to design in CSCL. The paper is based on the outcome...
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This paper reviews some foundational issues that affect the progress of CSCL. In particular we examine the terms technology, affordance and infrastructure and propose a relational approach to their use in CSCL. Following a consideration of networks, space and trust we propose an indirect approach to design in CSCL. The paper is based on the outcome...
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This article argues that the use of the network metaphor can link together various different aspects of research into the use of advanced learning technologies based on computer networks. The idea of networked learning has become commonplace as an alternative to e-learning that stresses the interaction of learners, tutors and resources through netw...
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During the last decade, the focus of innovation and research in the field of computers and education has shifted from strand-alone to networked computers. The rapidly growing educational use of networked computers raises questions about which approaches to research can tell us most about improving educational impact. A key aim of this paper is to s...
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This article argues that the use of the network metaphor can link together various different aspects of research into the use of advanced learning technologies based on computer networks. The idea of networked learning has become commonplace as an alternative to e-learning that stresses the interaction of learners, tutors and resources through netw...
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Recent advances in computers and telecommunications have allowed networked learning to play a significant role to play across the complete spectrum of higher education teaching. One of the most significant UK government initiatives to date has been the development the Information Environment (IE) originally called as the Distributed National Electr...
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This paper examines the use of digital resources by academics in UK Higher education. The explosive growth of the Internet and in particular the Web has led to a growth in speculation about networked and e-learning (Steeples and Jones 2003, Brown and Duguid 2000). Increasingly researchers have become aware of the ways the university resists such ch...
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This paper discusses the metaphor of networks in relation to networked learning and how the conditions that apply in networked environments might affect networked learning. The paper considers recent advances in the study of networks and how insights from this work might affect the understanding of networked learning. It focuses in particular on tw...
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This paper explores the use of the network metaphor and the way in which it relates to Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) and Communities of Practice. The idea of networked learning stresses the interactopn of learners, tutors and their resources through networks. The arguments put in this article are firstly that learning technology...
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This paper will examine the use of quantitative and qualitative methods as complementary research methods. It asks the fundamental question wether these two approaches can be used jointly in a principled manner. The pressure in educational research has been towards using the two methods alongside each other. In applied research the use of the two a...
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This chapter reports findings from a study of networked learning at the undergraduate level. It focuses on students’ expectations about, and experiences of, networked learning. The data come from questionnaires administered at the start and end of four different courses, and their interpretation is informed by a set of interviews with students and...
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This paper reports on an enquiry into relationships between students’ views of their experiences of participating in networked learning courses and data on their conceptions of learning and approaches to study. It has been suggested in the literature on networked learning that students with more sophisticated conceptions of learning and students wh...
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Networked learning is part of an emergent networked society. As such networked learning forms part of a wider debate concerning the nature of social processes, power and culture and their relationships with technology. The literature surrounding networked learning still reflects a technological determinist view. This paper takes issue with this vie...
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The design of educational environments is potentially more difficult in networked environments when the experience of the learner may be more varied. This paper examines two approaches to educational design that can be applied to networked learning that approach design indirectly through the design of learning contexts. The approaches accept a situ...
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This paper reflects on the experiences of a particular tutor taking over a specific course. It is an example of a common situation found in higher education (HE) institutions, when newly appointed or temporary part-time or full-time staff are hired to teach courses that have been designed and developed by other members of teaching staff. The experi...
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This paper reports the findings from a case study that was conducted as part of the JISC/CALT funded Networked Learning in Higher Education project. The paper casts light on the wider debate about how and whether tutors can 'align' their teaching style with students' approaches to learning. It evaluates a law course that has been taught on campus u...
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The experience of taking over an already designed Web‐based course helps us to investigate the claims in the literature about the role that tutors have more generally in networked learning. This paper addresses this issue through a case study and brings together the tutor's experience and her reflective diary, as well as the interview data from a J...
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Academics in higher education are coming under increasing pressure, which includes pressure to adapt their teaching practices to accommodate networked learning technologies. In order to incorporate networked learning into teaching and learning in higher education, there has been a search for what may be described as ‘good’ practice. There has also...
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Where are we going with e-leaming, online learning, networked learning? In the chapters of this book you will have found references to and discussion of networked learning, e-learning, online learning, and computer-mediated communications amongst others. While we do not propose to spend time in this concluding chapter interpreting each of these ter...
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The aim of this paper is to explore the use of assessment as a tool for structuring students' experiences within a networked learning environment. It is suggested that this investigation may have a wider bearing on issues raised by the idea of aligning teaching approach with the students' approach to learning. The methods used are broadly phenomeno...
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Networked Learning: Perspectives and Issues looks at what networked learning has to offer and how best we can ensure that its take-up maintains or improves the quality of learning in higher education. It looks at the key issues which will be of interest to anyone using, or thinking of using, this important technology including practitioners, policy...
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There is a growing use of a variety of communications media to provide networked learning in higher education. The practitioners in the field vary from experienced educators who have many years’ experience to early adopters who have begun to use networked technology for teaching and learning recently. Using interviews informed by a phenomenographic...
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This paper arises from the work of the JISC Committee on Awareness, Liaison and Training (CALT)-funded 'Networked Learning in Higher Education' project. Networked learning is a term that has had a currency for some years now and can be seen as part of the development of a new paradigm in education (Harasim, Hiltz, Teles and Turoff, 1995; Koschmann...
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In a standard text on open and distance learning, computer conferencing appears with advantages and disadvantages that rely on the capacity of the conference to 'facilitate' students and staff working together (Mason, 1994). Co-operation or collaboration are seen as unproblematic outcomes of the use of the computer conference. Hiltz noted that coll...