Dear Anonymous: Disembodiment as a Pedagogical Tool
This paper describes an ethnomethodological analysis of student interactions in a lightly moderated, asynchronous discussion forum where participants have the option to post anonymously. Results of the analysis indicate that the sense of disembodiment engendered by anonymity, invisibility and neutralisation of status can be of considerable benefit to students in making sense of the academic milieu. Anonymity is a powerful, but largely ignored learning and socialisation tool.
Keywords: Ethnomethodology, Pedagogy, Student socialisation, Anonymity
Lecturer in Communication, School of Professional Communication, University of Canberra