Creating a Physical Presence in Online Environments
Terri Bubb, Houston Community College, United States ; Caroline Crawford, Denise McDonald, University of Houston - Clear Lake, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-02-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
This study communicates the findings from a dissertation study that investigated factors that create a physical presence in an online environment. Research suggests that, as members of a learning community become familiar with one another, they utilize certain elements that convey a sense of being physically present that is evidenced by their communications with one another (Brown, 2001; Suler, 2004). These elements relay a sense of comfortableness with one another and the group. These interactions may lead to collaborations wherein knowledge construction and enhancement takes place and new learning occurs (Vygotsky, 1962, 1978; Wittgenstein, 1960).
Bubb, T., Crawford, C. & McDonald, D. (2013). Creating a Physical Presence in Online Environments. In R. McBride & M. Searson (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2013--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 271-278). New Orleans, Louisiana, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).