Moderators of Online Discussion Groups as Adult Educators
Friday, March 7 11:00-11:20 AM Location: Royale 2
Presider: Tom Reynolds, National University, United States
Abstract: Online discussion groups are situated as contemporary examples within the historical tradition of voluntary, informal, learning networks used by adults for topical discussion, fellowship, and learning. Just as the online discussion group is a voluntary, informal learning group in the historic tradition, so the monitor or reviewer of the online discussion group fulfills many of the roles, tasks, and responsibilities of an informal adult educator in their roles as discussion leaders and facilitators. This places the moderators of online discussion groups within the realm of interest to adult education and educators. This paper will provide the foundations for understanding the complex, dynamic, and multi-textural environment in which online discussion group moderators function.