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Colloquium - Sumner

From Documents to Discourse
Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University
2/24/1998
12:30pm-1:45pm

We are looking at how new forms of document interface can be used to support new forms of scholarly discourse, and ultimately, new models of scholarly publishing. In particular, we are using technology to support socially-based models of publishing where documents serve as a medium for negotiation and debate. The vehicle used to conduct this research is the Digital Document Discourse Environment (D3E).

D3E is an experimental system supporting the publication of web-based documents with integrated discourse facilities and embedded interactive components. Its design is based on four principles guided by existing research into how hypertext argumentation systems can support critical reflection and design activities.

A long term objective of this research is to better understand the conditions and practices necessary to foster and sustain virtual learning communities. In this talk, I discuss our experiences from several contexts where D3E is used -- an electronic journal, a "new form" of conference, and a national policy debate -- and look at some of the conditions that contribute to lively discourse and community formation. In particular, I'll focus on The Journal of Interactive Media in Education, which has been running for over a year.

Refreshments will be served immediately before the talk at 12:15pm.
Sumner is a candidate for an Institute of Cognitive Science faculty position.

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