This paper describes three methods of group communication utilizing computer terminals as the vehicle for conducting a group discussion. The system that provides; these methods was developed by OEP for a UNIVAC 1108 as a convenient form of communication among geographically dispersed individuals and/or as an adjunct to oral communications. Completely normal language is used. Use of the computer permits maintaining a written record automatically and allowing discussions in which participants need not talk and listen in synchronism (in contrast to conventional meetings and telephone conference calls). In two of the methods, the discussants need not even be participating simultaneously. Several other useful features are offered in order to facilitate group solution to problems when that is the conference objective. The system is simple to use and is relatively inexpensive for groups that already possess the necessary computer time-sharing facilities.
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