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November 27, 2004
At CSCW earlier this month, Joe McCarthy and i organized a panel called Digital Backchannels in Shared Physical Spaces (of which Liz was a panelist). In the panel, we discussed a variety of different pedagogical and cognitive issues, research directions and tools for enabling digital backchanneling in the classroom, at conferences and in other shared physical spaces. This was the first year that CSCW had blanketed wireless access so many of the attendees witnessed backchannels in conferences for the first time. For me, this was a great opportunity to bring a discussion topic from the tech space into the academic sphere.
Based on this panel, USA Today wrote a story called Digital note-passing gains respect among adults, covering aspects of the panel.
This article made me wonder - does anyone know who coined the term “digital backchannel” (since i know it wasn’t us)?
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