Emails or Conversations?: Teaching and Learning in the Digital World Where Conversation is a Second Class Citizen

Poster Session

Presenter(s):

Matt Husain – UBC Okanagan

Abstract:

This paper argues that while emails and text messages can complement or supplement a discussion, they can hardly become perfect replacements of human interaction. Additionally, my paper argues a constant aspiration to stay ‘connected’ and ‘up-to-date’ can create dependency on gadgets, additional stress, and unproductivity. Based on observation and piloted initiatives on 89 third and fourth year students, I explore ways to remain on top of interactive teaching and learning without treating texting and emails as lifelines.