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Saturday 17 April

The Pros and Cons of E-mail

Flip-chart display: 'The Pros and Cons of E-mail', by May Mikati May Mikati giving Computer SIG track talk 2

May Mikati (American University of Beirut, Lebanon)

Report by Geoff Taylor, Computer SIG Committee member


May looked at the advantages and disadvantages of uses of email in educational contexts.

Areas of concern


This was a well-prepared talk that addressed an important theme: the danger of over-using technological solutions.

May presented the information clearly, though no specific references were given to studies mentioned at the time. (More detailed information will be given in an article in the forthcoming issue of the Computer SIG newsletter.)

Time was given for discussion at the end of the presentation, but there did not seem to be any one general consensus of opinion, though this was not a fault of the presenter. Personally, I have to say that in so far as email is a medium of communication, I feel that discussing the pros and cons of its use is a bit like discussing the pros and cons of the use of pen and paper or the telephone: I suspect that such discussions are bound to be inconclusive and choices (such as whether to use email and to what degree) are bound to be subjective.

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