Social presence online: networking learners at a distance

Stacey, Elizabeth 2002, Social presence online: networking learners at a distance, Education and information technologies, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 287-294, doi: 10.1023/A:1020901202588.

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Title Social presence online: networking learners at a distance
Author(s) Stacey, Elizabeth
Journal name Education and information technologies
Volume number 7
Issue number 4
Start page 287
End page 294
Publisher Chapman & Hall
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2002-12
ISSN 1360-2357
Keyword(s) Collaborative learning
Distance learning
Higher education
Summary This paper draws on two studies which researched the use of online small group environments where collaborative learning is a central structure for learning. The establishment of social presence is facilitated through the socio-affective aspect of small group interaction which contributed to the effectiveness of learning online. Social presence, the ability of online learners to project themselves into a textual environment which has few visual or contextual cues, will be explored as an important element in facilitating effective online learning. The teacher's role in helping students project their online social presence and in establishing an environment for learning within the larger group computer conference will also be discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1023/A:1020901202588
Field of Research 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, Kluwer Academic Publishers
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