Students can feel isolated in an online classroom. It is more difficult to create a community of learners when names don’t have a face to go with them. Social interaction can enhance learning: as students become more comfortable with each other on a personal level, they will become more comfortable engaging in an online classroom.
OREG Presentation on Social Presence from the Classroom Perspective
PtTO Fall 2013
“the ability of participants in the community of
inquiry to project their personal characteristics
into the community, thereby presenting
themselves to others as „real people‟”
Anonymity can be easier to achieve in an online classroom –
Social interaction can enhance learning.
students to feel comfortable
The online classroom
needs to provide ways for
students to identify with the
class as a community, and
to contribute to that
have a welcome
students can begin
to interact and
form a community.
Social presence can occur in learning activities normally
thought of as individual in nature, such as responding to
questions or prompts posed to the class. Creating a
conversation outside of the “classroom” can help students
create a stronger social presence.
Students engage with social media in their
daily lives. Using social media to interact
with students and to allow them to interact
with each other will make it easier for
students to create their own social
presence within the course.
Get students talking in different platforms.
Have students use Vine to pose questions
to the class, or to submit responses, and
create a Facebook group for the class.
Host real-time Twitter chats, and
encourage the use of Google Hangouts for
small group meetings or discussions.
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