Thursday, January 18, 2007

Preparing Questions about Readings

For Monday you will need to read S1:U1 from your textbook. If you remember what the syllabus says, there will be times when you will need to generate "deep" questions about your readings. In order to get you used to this process and to help you learn how to write good questions, you should follow the quick steps I'm detailing here.

First read the following resources about questions:
You don't need to understand everything, but you will have a better idea of how to write good questions.

Next, try generating one really good question about the reading for Monday. Just one for now, but make it really good.

When you have that question, post it in the comments section for this post by 6 PM Sunday, January 21st.


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Anonymous said...

If all computer or technology communications went down, what would the world do? How would we overcome that, could we overcome that?


Anonymous said...

What is CMC and what does it mean to you? Could you imagine your life today without, why or why not?

-Leah Hast

Anonymous said...

There is a commercial for Verizon Wireless with a family eating dinner. The dad is excitedly texting his kids and sending them picture messages at the table, which annoys them. At the end of the commerical the mom takes the phone from the dad. How does CMC vary from generation to generation? Will our generation, which seems rather up to date, one day be the generation that is behind the times and dated when it comes to new ways of communicating?

Jamie Rae

Anonymous said...

Social interactions are a very large part of CMC, however interactions through CMC are not always quite as efficient as actual verbal communication. To some people, CMC is more entriguing because of the anonymity of their own identity. Considering this, how is it possible for a person to successfully convey their message or feelings within a social interaction by using nonverbal modes of communication. Why do some people choose to socially communicate this way, rather than actually interacting with a person by verbal communication?


Anonymous said...

With the definition of CMC in mind, Why is it that our society becomes more and more tolerable of some devices over others? For instance, texting to cell phones, or AIM to E-mail.

Anonymous said...

On page 16 of the text book, the psychological impact of computer use on individuals is briefly discussed. It states that "The computer is discussed only as a medium through which human behaviors are shaped and expressed."

Is it true that computer mediated communication has impacted our lives on a psychological level? Without computers would our generation be less intelligent? Less social?

Or would we simply have less of a connection with those we communicate with? Email, IM, cell phones, Facebook, and MySpace have certainly helped humans to maintain contact with those they might lose it with. Long distance relationships are easier, and there is no need to walk down the hall or across campus to ask a question or initiate conversation.

Without CMC this would clearly change; but, would we be lacking some levels of our intellect or sociality? Or would we simply utilize different methods to achieve the same level we are currently on? Were previous generations that lacked CMC less intelligent or less social? What type of psychological impact has CMC made on our generation?

Anonymous said...

Sorry that was my post without the name on it.


Anonymous said...

How has CMC affected our personal relationships with others? If there was no longer technological communication, would our relationships change from what they are now?


Anonymous said...

The authors say communication is more than simply exchanging messages and that individuals are constantly switching between the role of speaker and listener during conversation. How does blogging fit into this definition or changed it? Can it be said that the listener and speaker are constantly changing and that there is a conversation taking place?


Anonymous said...

In todays world, we depend on modern technology and computer mediated computer mediated communication so much. Can you imagine your life without modern technology? In what ways could you communicate without these modern machines?

Shauna Oles

Anonymous said...

Sorry I don't know why I typed computer mediated twice.


Anonymous said...

Why hasnt CMC been defined in a clear concise definition, and what kind of research will it take to define it?

-Tom B

Anonymous said...

The actual idea of the term CMC has been lingering for what the authors believe to be decades...but a more divinitive and developed idea known as CMC is still a young idea; with that in mind in what ways will the concept likely progress and what will it entail in the coming years. How will each of the three pillars of CMC develop?

--pamela marlowe

Anonymous said...

This section in the book briefly mentions face-to-face communication, as opposed to other forms of communication. If face-to-face communication is becoming more rare due to things like text messaging and instant messaging, in what ways will that negatively impact our society and our values?

Anonymous said...

This section in the book briefly mentions face-to-face communication, as opposed to other forms of communication. If face-to-face communication is becoming more rare due to things like text messaging and instant messaging, in what ways will that negatively impact our society and our values?

Rachel Burkot

Anonymous said...

CMC has obviously affected the way individuals interact with others and socialize in general. There are many benefits of communicating electronically, but this type of communication can also cause problems. What are some of these potential problems with electronic socialization and how will this affect our future generations? Will personal letters,-face to face interactions, etc. continue to become less and less as electronic communication improves?

Melissa Hennen

Anonymous said...

One of the most interesting statements about the nature of communication is that nonverbal modes of communication are relied on more than verbal modes. Nonverbal codes account for much of the social information we pick up on. How easily do you pick up on nonverbal codes? Do you always communicate clearly?


Chris "Chucko" Norris said...
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Chris Norris said...

Will we ever be able to define CMC? With constant advances in technology and means of communicating, it may never be obtainable. Is there any real definition of computer comm., mediated comm., and human comm? They all seem to connect to one another in some way.