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The Learning Conference 2003

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Developing an Academic Discourse Community in the Virtual Classroom

Lawrence J. Clark.

In this paper, I will discuss the formation and characteristics of a virtual academic discourse community in an online American Literature course. By creating and allowing students to participate in the virtual discourse community, I have enabled students to experience first-hand the phenomena of shifting, evolving, and dissipating circles of discourse which they will encounter often as business and academic communities continue their shift toward working and learning online.


Lawrence J. Clark  (United States)
Asst. Professor
Department of Arts and Sciences
University of Houston-Victoria

Lawrence J. Clark teaches American Literature, Creative Writing, and Business and Technical Communication at the University of Houston-Victoria. He is also a published poet and songwriter with two CD completed so far. His poetry and music can be found on

  • Academic discourse Communities
  • Virtual discourse communities
  • Online learning
  • Distance education
  • American literature

(30 min Conference Paper, English)