Dear Anonymous: Disembodiment as a Pedagogical Tool

By:
Annabel Beckenham
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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
Stream: Human Technologies and Useability, Technology in Education, Knowledge and Technology
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Dear Anonymous


Annabel Beckenham

Lecturer in Communication, School of Professional Communication, University of Canberra
Australia

Annabel Beckenham lectures in communication at the University of Canberra. She is is a recovering technophobe and unreconstructed feminist, who is particularly interested in the potential of new technologies to undermine educational hierarchies and enhance her students' learning experiences.

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