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Learner Characteristics as Predictors of Online Social Presence


Canadian Journal of Education Volume 30, Number 1, ISSN 0380-2361


In this study, the authors determined the individual learner characteristics of educators enrolled in online courses that influenced social presence (affective social communication). Findings reveal that the number of online courses taken, followed by computer-mediated communication proficiency, are significant predictors of social presence. Recommendations for the effective use of online learning recognize that instructors must deliberately structure interaction patterns to overcome the potential lack of social presence of the medium. Similarly, quality instructional design and course development strategies need be incorporated with supportive pre-course instructional activities provided to acquaint novice learners with online learning expectations. (Contains 2 tables.)


Mykota, D. & Duncan, R. (2007). Learner Characteristics as Predictors of Online Social Presence. Canadian Journal of Education, 30(1), 157-170. Retrieved January 17, 2020 from .

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