Interpersonal Communication

March 21st, 2010

Definition:

Junghyun Kim, citing (Cathcart & Gumpert, 1983), defines Interpersonal communication as:
[A] dyadic(sic) interaction that takes the form of verbal and nonverbal exchanges between two (or a small group of) individuals, consciously aware of each other, usually interacting in the same time and space. Through interpersonal communication, people maintain and adjust their self-image, relate to others, cooperate in decision-making, or accomplish tasks together.

This definition favors FtF communication as the highest form of personal interaction over other communication forms in that it occurs in real-time, in a single location, between two or more individuals relating to, and working with, others. I’d like to extend this definition to include Read the rest of this entry »

Communication Genre

March 17th, 2010

Definition:

A communication genre is a communication form that is adopted by a formal or informal community that use the communication medium in a similar way for a similar purpose. A new genre is generally based on one or more existing genres that are modified, repurposed, and/or remediated, often from the adoption of a new medium.

Asynchronous Online Classroom

December 15th, 2009

Definition:

Asynchronous Online Classroom
The AOC refers to a course delivered solely online without any synchronous component. In this setting, the level of social presence is presumably lower than that experienced in the face-to-face (FtF) classroom, where one can see, hear, and interact with the speaker in real time.