Select Bibliography: Teaching with Email
Abstracts, where available, are from ERIC. For summaries
and questions by Laura Mandell, click on titles.
Hawisher, Gail and Charles Morton. "Electronic
Mail and the Writing Instructor." College English
55.6 (1993): 627-43.
Discusses the growing importance of electronic mail among academicians.
Offers a rhetoric and a pedagogy that include electronic mail
in their fields of vision. Argues that writing instructors should
continue to do research into the issues inherent in electronic
---. "Responding to Writing Online." New
Directions for Teaching and Learning 69 (1997): 115-25.
Electronic dialogues tend to be rapid, informal, and public. When
college teachers use computer technology to respond to student
writing, they have an opportunity to rethink and reinvent the
ways in which they teach and by which students learn. Despite
some new concerns and problems, this mode of communicating does
not evoke the same response that margin comments and error markings
Karayan, Silva S. and Judith A. Crowe. "Student
Perceptions of Electronic Discussion Groups." T.H.E.
Journal 24.9 (1997): 69-71.
Discusses the use of electronic discussion groups as part of regular
course activities at California Lutheran University. Highlights
include benefits, including meeting student needs and convenient
interaction; the need for assessment to determine instructional
effectiveness; and the results of student surveys.
Lewis, David C., Janine A. Treves, and Andrew
B. Shaindlin. "Making
Sense of Academic Cyberspace: Case Study of an Electronic Classroom."
College Teaching 45.3 (1997): 96-100.
Describes the experience of Brown University (Rhode Island) in
offering alumni a six-week electronic seminar, entirely text-driven,
on drugs and drug policy in which course exchanges occurred with
listserv software and electronic mail. Outlines the course's background
and design, student demographics, technical support, dynamics
of class discourse, and ways in which teaching and technology
Mandell, Laura. "Virtual
Encounters: Using an Electronic Mailing List in the Literature
Classroom." Profession 97: 126-132.
Describes using a class email list in the Romantic classroom.
Marttunen, Miika. "Electronic
Mail as a Pedagogical Delivery System: An Analysis of the Learning
of Argumentation." Research in Higher Education 38.3
Content analysis of 441 electronic mail (e-mail) messages used
by 31 Finnish undergraduate students investigated the use of the
medium for practicing argumentation (grounding of stated claims)
in two teaching modes: a tutor-led seminar and self-directed student
discussion. Results indicated argumentation improved during the
experiment, especially when counterargumentation was involved
and that student-led groups improved most.
Moran, Charles. "Notes Toward a Rhetoric of E-mail."
Computers and Composition 12.1 (1995): 15-21.
Explores the differences between e-mail and paper mail, focusing
on audience, interface, and rhythm of response. Argues that technological
change triggers other changes in a system, creating discomfort,
and that this discomfort should not prevent English and writing
teachers from studying and accepting e-mail as a legitimate site
Write, But Do We Read?" Computers and Composition
8.3 (1991): 51-61.
Discusses the social interaction between writers using electronic
mail systems. Shares two stories concerning this written form
Palloff, Rena, and Keith Pratt. Building
Learning Communities in Cyberspace: Effective Strategies for the
Online Classroom. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers,