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communication from student to student that promotes collaborative knowledge

construction (Ouzts, 2006).

Electronic Journals

Electronic journals are similar to discussion boards and blogs as they provide

personal perspectives on subjects. The difference is that electronic journals are spaces

where students can explore their own thoughts and ideas without concerns for the

formalities of grammar and spelling. It is a form of free expression. Electronic journals

can be private between the student and instructor or collective, which is open to all

learners in the class. According to one online researcher, ―There are always students who

are reluctant to speak. Given the opportunity to 'speak' at the keyboard, many found a

voice in this class‖ (Bender, 1995, p. 39). This voice is the vital connection between

student-student and student-instructor. These connections are the threads to building a

community. By using electronic journals, ―Students will get to 'know' each other in

unanticipated ways‖ (Bender, 1995, p. 42).

Chat

Chat is an asynchronous exchange of comments or questions in an online

environment. This tool is very similar to blogs, only blogs can be asynchronous or

synchronous. Chat (live chat or chat rooms) can be an effective tool in creating a strong

online community, and is an opportunity for student-student interaction or student-

instructor interaction. Student-student interaction can occur when two or more students

agree on a certain time to engage in a chat. Utilizing chat can facilitate group work

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