Krause rewords the question: "Is there a correlation between those who demonstrate a high degree of interactivity online to those who demonstrate a high degree of audience awareness off-line?" Krause establishes an "Interactivity Score" for email postings and "Audience Awareness" score for off-line essays. After evaluating the work of twenty students Krause concludes that there is no correlation between the two. This result disappoints Krause, who proposes more precise scoring instructions, a larger student sample, and better student training concerning the use of the listserv.
The third proposal is suspicious. Krause is at once a teacher and an evaluator of a teaching tool. Krause might "better train" his students by stressing the need for a correlation between interactivity online and audience awareness offline. He might better explain the scoring criteria to his students/subjects. The savvy would quickly recognize the ease with which high scores can be achieved in either area: respond to another student's email for a high score in Interactivity. Use the phrases mentioned in the article "I think that we as Americans need to consider..." to score high on an offline essay. Do both to get the "A".
Krause concludes with a recommendation for a more thorough
examination of the difference between these two mediums. It can
be inferred from his commitment to using email listservs to teach
composition that he expects the development of a methodology that
will confirm the correlation absent from his study. (Norman
Michael Hancher Department of English, University of Minnesota URL: http://umn.edu/home/mh/ebibno1.html Comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org Created 22 May 1995 Last revised 17 September 1996