|HUMAN IDENTITY IN CYBERSPACE
March 25, 1997
Questions askedOUTSIDE LINKS
in this forum:
Is the personality used in computer interaction a second self? How can the Internet help Seniors combat boredom and relate to other generations? Will electronic communication lead to a resurgence in writing skills? How will the Internet and technology advances affect the children of today psychologically? Will the have vs. havenot dilemma become the passionate vs. the totally uninterested? psychologically? Additional questions and comments .
Biography and Curriculum vitae for Sherry Turkle
Rodney Williams of Blacksburg, Virginia, asks:
I am curious as to your reflections on the current development of distance education programs on the Web at all levels, and especially in secondary and higher education. What effect, if any, will these developments have on traditional methods of designing and delivering instruction? What benefits or drawbacks do you see both for individual learners and educational institutions?
MIT professor Sherry Turkle responds:
I think that distance education on the Web is a natural use of this technology . . . and that the results will be very exciting, especially for continuing education and for outreach to disadvantaged communities.
One interesting possibility is the use of virtual communities (such as the multi user domains -- MUSEs, MUDs and MOOs) to build online learning communities. They can be used to teach and support writing, programming, science education, and to "talk out" obstacles to learning. I think that the most successful of these learning communities will exploit all possible ways to bring their citizens together in the physical "real" as well as online. My view is that educational institutions will use virtual resources to extend rather than replace what they have to offer. I love the idea of a seminar that begins in the physical face to face and then has a virtual continuation.