Using electronic mail to manage the implementation of educational innovations

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In this paper, I wish to argue that the use of electronic mail is not limited to setting up opportunities for ESL students to find pen-pals to practise their English, etc: it represents an important new resource for managing the implementation of educational innovations. I will therefore report on how, in my capacity as director of the ESL courses at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), I have used electronic mail to promote communication about curricular developments in these courses by setting up an electronic list, to which all ESL TAs and supervisors subscribe. More specifically, e-mail is not only an innovation in its own right, it is a potentially very important management tool for promoting educational change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)379-389
Number of pages11
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education
  • Linguistics and Language


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