Exploring Mindsight via Email Communication in Learning Environment

Suzannah Ogwu, Shelagh Keogh, Petia Sice

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This paper explores mindsight in virtual communication, examining problems people face while communicating in virtual spaces with a focusing on email communication. Many have documented the problems encountered when they are communicating with others on email. Face to face communication includes facial and interpersonal clues that enhances interaction. Other problems people face include misunderstanding in communication and information overload. These problems disrupt workflow, and can cause stress among workers, which in turn reduces job satisfaction and production. These problems are common in academic world, especially among people found in learning environment, who have to use email communicate continuously because of the nature of their job and activities. It is believed that every learning environment utilizes one form of email communication or the other on several levels and for different purposes. Scholars have put forward suggested technical solutions that are mainly software and policy inclined. This paper attempts to understand the human in-depth factors to the problem. Data collection for the study commenced by sending questionnaires to students to assess the levels of their communication in relation to their environment, personal tendencies, being understood and understanding others during email communication etc. Evidence in the data analysis suggested that most of the students found it difficult to retain attention while doing their emails and they were unable to understand how others felt. It was also discovered that people do not necessarily seek to be understood when they send email communication. Based on the findings, it was concluded, that an intervention, such as mindsight, might enable people to retain attention with some level of personal and environmental awareness that might enhance their ability to understand their feelings and that of others while communicating on email. Therefore, it is recommended that a more rigorous application of mindsight exercise should be explored by students who engage in virtual communication in learning environments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 16th European Conference on eLearning (ECEL 2017)
EditorsAnabela Mesquita, Paula Peres
Place of PublicationReading
PublisherAcademic Conferences and Publishing International
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781911218609
ISBN (Print)9781911218593
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2017
Event16th European Conference of eLearning (ECEL 2017) - Porto
Duration: 26 Oct 2017 → …

Publication series

PublisherAcademic Conferences and Publishing International Limited
ISSN (Electronic)2049-100x


Conference16th European Conference of eLearning (ECEL 2017)
Period26/10/17 → …


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