Skjulte, digitale kommunikationskanaler i det synlige undervisningsrum: Serendipity findings in empiric data regarding the use of backchannels in lessons

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This article presents a focused scope of a broader, empiric, educational research on the utilisation of digital technology in four University College programmes. The article introduces the notion of different types of back-channel communication that takes place amongst students during lessons. A back-channel is defined as secondary, informal, unmanaged communication channel that is open during a lesson or a presentation. The identified back-channels are typologized into three different kinds of back-channels. The types are: ‘rhizomatic, covert backchannels’, ‘’Lecturer initiated and observed back-channels’ and ‘hybrid joint contribution back-channels. The article investigates the pedagogical circumstances under which the backchannels emerge and how they are utilized. Furthermore, the article discusses the implications that covered, digital meta-communication during the lessons may have on the relation between lecturer and students. The article presents suggestions of how to use the veiled backchannels as a constructive element in the lessons.
Finally, the article suggests pedagogical practices that offer the students other possibilities to engage and express insecurities and general questions during lessons and presentations.
Bidragets oversatte titelSkjulte, digitale kommunikationskanaler i det synlige undervisningsrum
AndetThomas Kjærgaards blog
StatusUdgivet - 1 jan. 2021


  • Læring, pædagogik og undervisning