Collaborative Discourse Structures in Computer Mediated Group Communications

Authors

  • Murray Turoff,

    1. Distinguished Professor of Computer and Information Science. He designed and developed the first operational asynchronous group communication system in 1969 and has been an active researcher in to CMC technology and its effectiveness ever since. Together with Dr. Hiltz he is co-author of the award wining book The Network Nation: Human Communication via Computer.
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  • Starr Roxanne Hiltz,

    Corresponding author
    1. Distinguished Professor of Computer and Information Science, New Jersey Institute of Technology, where she also directs the Collaborative Systems Laboratory. She has spent most of the last twenty years engaged in research on applications and social impacts of computer technology, publishing widely in journals including JMIS, MISQ, Communications of the ACM, and Management Science, as well as six books. Her research interests currently include Group Support Systems and Asynchronous Learning Networks.
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  • Michael Bieber,

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    1. Ph.D. from Rutgers University in Computer Information Systems. He is presently an associate professor in the School of Management at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He has published in journals such as Journal of Management Information Systems, Group Decision and Negotiation, Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce, Information and Management, and the Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. His current research interests include Group Support System, Electronic Commerce, OLAP and data warehousing, and Asynchronous Learning Networks.
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  • Jerry Fjermestad,

    1. Associate Professor of Information Systems in the CIS Department at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he also teaches in the distance learning program. He directs NJIT's Hypermedia Research Lab. He is affiliated with the New Jersey Center for Multimedia Research and the National Center for Transportation and Industrial Productivity. He holds a Ph.D. in Decision Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania. Michael has been researching primarily in automating hypermedia linking and navigation support for information systems, and more recently, applying this to Web Information Systems.
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  • Ajaz Rana

    1. Distinguished Professor of Computer and Information Science. He designed and developed the first operational asynchronous group communication system in 1969 and has been an active researcher in to CMC technology and its effectiveness ever since. Together with Dr. Hiltz he is co-author of the award wining book The Network Nation: Human Communication via Computer.
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School of Management, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University Heights, Newark, New Jersey 07102

Computer and Information Science Department, New Jersey Institute of Technology, 4212 Information Technology Center University Heights, Newark, New Jersey 07102

Abstract

Using application oriented conceptual maps to categorize the group discussion would be an advancement in the design of CMC systems to allow much larger groups to collaborate productively. The group meta communication process should allow the group to modify and evolve these conceptual discourse templates.

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