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Title: Cemetaries, Oak Trees, and Black and White Cows: Learning to Participate on the Internet
Authors: O'Day, Vicki L.
Ito, Mizuko
Linde, Charlotte
Adler, Annette
Mynatt, Elizabeth D
Issue Date: Dec-1999
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Citation: O'Day, V. L., Ito, M., Linde, C., Adler, A., & Mynatt, E. D. (1999). Cemetaries, Oak Trees, and Black and White Cows: Learning to Participate on the Internet. In Hoadley, C. M. & Roschelle, J. (Eds.), Proceedings of the Computer Support for Collaborative Learning (CSCL) 1999 Conference. Palo Alto, CA: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Designers of Internet applications and those helping others learn about the net need to understand the problems Internet newcomers face as they encounter the idiosyncratic structures that organize the networked world. As part of an ethnographic study of SeniorNet, an organization that helps seniors learn to use computers, we explore early encounters with the networked world by analyzing questions asked in introductory computer classes. These questions, grounded in newcomers' prior experience, show how the taken-for-granted assumptions and strategies underlying successful Internet use differ from those in other domains. The questions and analysis are grouped in the following categories: identity on the Internet; boundaries and scope of the Internet; boundaries and scope of the personal computer; and organizations and providers in the networked world.
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