Proposing 8 Concrete Ways to Support the Social Dimension in Online Learning Environments
Hanna M. Olsson, Mid Sweden University, Sweden
E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in New Orleans, LA, USA ISBN 978-1-939797-12-4 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA
Abstract: The social aspects of learning are known to be valuable. Yet, it still happens that learners in online learning feel lonely and isolated. To attend to this problem, participants need to get to know more about each other, so that trust and a social dimension can be built within online learning environments. Both teachers and system designers can help to enable knowing more about each other. The first step, however, is to understand the value of the social dimension. Actions such as to encourage sharing of personal information, and to design transparent systems can then be taken. I propose a set of 8 ways to support identity expression in order to get to know more about each other.
Olsson, H.M. (2014). Proposing 8 Concrete Ways to Support the Social Dimension in Online Learning Environments. In T. Bastiaens (Ed.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning (pp. 1486-1494). New Orleans, LA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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