Social Presence in Online Learning: Past, Present, and Future
Jennifer Richardson, Purdue University, United States ; Karen Swan, University of Illinois Springfield, United States ; Patrick Lowenthal, Boise State University, United States ; Phil Ice, APUS, United States
Global Learn, in Limerick, Ireland Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
For over twenty years researchers and practitioners have explored different frameworks and theories, in order to improve upon and better understand students’ learning experiences and needs in online environments. Social presence has emerged as a key factor in student satisfaction and success in online courses and programs. Researchers, though, continue to define social presence in different ways, use various instruments to measure it, and almost incessantly investigate how every new technology influences it—often leaving practitioners and even other researchers at a loss. This presentation will examine these issues by reviewing the history of social presence, looking at the different ways researchers define it, highlighting key findings from a recent meta-analysis on social presence, and presenting three different conceptual lenses used by social presence researchers.
Richardson, J., Swan, K., Lowenthal, P. & Ice, P. (2016). Social Presence in Online Learning: Past, Present, and Future. In Proceedings of Global Learn-Global Conference on Learning and Technology (pp. 477-483). Limerick, Ireland: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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