Exploring Mindsight via Email Communication in Learning Environment

Ogwu, Suzannah, Keogh, Shelagh and Sice, Petia (2017) Exploring Mindsight via Email Communication in Learning Environment. In: Proceedings of the 16th European Conference on eLearning (ECEL 2017). Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited, Reading, pp. 408-412. ISBN 9781911218593

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This paper explores mindsight in virtual communication, examining problems people face while communicating in virtual spaces with a focusing on email communication. Many have documented the problems encountered when they are communicating with others on email. Face to face communication includes facial and interpersonal clues that enhances interaction. Other problems people face include misunderstanding in communication and information overload. These problems disrupt workflow, and can cause stress among workers, which in turn reduces job satisfaction and production. These problems are common in academic world, especially among people found in learning environment, who have to use email communicate continuously because of the nature of their job and activities. It is believed that every learning environment utilizes one form of email communication or the other on several levels and for different purposes. Scholars have put forward suggested technical solutions that are mainly software and policy inclined. This paper attempts to understand the human in-depth factors to the problem. Data collection for the study commenced by sending questionnaires to students to assess the levels of their communication in relation to their environment, personal tendencies, being understood and understanding others during email communication etc. Evidence in the data analysis suggested that most of the students found it difficult to retain attention while doing their emails and they were unable to understand how others felt. It was also discovered that people do not necessarily seek to be understood when they send email communication. Based on the findings, it was concluded, that an intervention, such as mindsight, might enable people to retain attention with some level of personal and environmental awareness that might enhance their ability to understand their feelings and that of others while communicating on email. Therefore, it is recommended that a more rigorous application of mindsight exercise should be explored by students who engage in virtual communication in learning environments.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: G900 Others in Mathematical and Computing Sciences
P100 Information Services
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2017 12:59
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2017 13:51
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/32426

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