Critique of Computer Mediated Instruction Written by Daniels and Pethel

Erin Green
University of Houston

What did you learn?

From this Wikichapter, I’ve discovered that virtual classroom students report higher subjective satisfaction than in regular classrooms. This is important to know because computer mediated communication is slowly creeping into our school system and pretty soon, it’ll take over the system. The fact that students prefer computer mediated communication over traditional classroom settings is somewhat not a surprise. Nowadays, students prefer non-traditional over traditional especially with the advancement of technology. A student will pick a video game over shooting marbles any day. College students will more likely register for online classes over traditional classes simply because of its convenience and wider distribution of information. So, though I learned that students prefer CMC over traditional classroom settings, it doesn’t come as a surprise.

Strengths of article

One particular strength of the article was its focus on the social drawbacks of CMC. While CMC is widely used in our schools and in the social context, it lacks some important aspects of communication itself. For example, facial expressions combined with vocal cues while communicating, allows the receiver to understand the message with deeper meaning. Differences in voice pitch could mean one thing or another and CMC isn’t able to transfer that without the messenger explaining their message a little more.

Insights and inaccuracies, incompleteness, or any helpful tips

I did not read of any inaccuracies about CMC that I’m aware of. One point that I would’ve emphasized much more was the increased used of CMC not only in the social world but in the academic world as well.