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Conceptualizing the Essence of Presence in Distance Education through Digital Dasein

, , University West, Sweden

International Journal on E-Learning Volume 16, Number 2, ISSN 1537-2456 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Invited as a paper from E-Learn 2014
Abstract: In order to learn, presence is necessary. If we experience a genuinely rich presence, exams, tests and other forms of evaluating knowledge are not crucial for learning. In distance learning, the concept of presence is not obvious. Presence in distance and network contexts usually means being active on social media. However, in distance and network learning, something more is needed. It is the face-to-face interaction that needs to be “digitalized”. In order to investigate this, we have turned to Heidegger (1927) and the concept of Dasein. The concept of Dasein means to apprehend the existence of the world and not only the world itself. Digital Dasein means to transcend the digital medium and reveal the essence of presence for a more translucent form of e-learning. The need for an artefact mediating Digital Dasein has been identified.
Invited as a paper from E-Learn 2014

Citation

Haj-Bolouri, A. & Flensburg, P. (2017). Conceptualizing the Essence of Presence in Distance Education through Digital Dasein. International Journal on E-Learning, 16(2), 149-173. Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).