The Present of Presence
E-greeting Card for You:
This gift card has been sent to you in the true spirit of the season. It ...
Determinants of Presence are components that guide creation of a Sense of Presence in each
stage of a course: Before, Duri...
How to Know if Presence is There:
•LMS user participation tracking
•Learner participation in orientation activities
•Commu...
Group Presence functions on logistical and instructional
level
Logistical – Interactions with and between learners of a
no...
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View three ways in which you can pay attention to presence in your online learning design.

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The present of presence

  1. 1. The Present of Presence E-greeting Card for You: This gift card has been sent to you in the true spirit of the season. It provides something quite valuable to you as you pursue the goal of Quality Online Learning, three principal points primed to produce presence in online learning. Think of these points as part of a way you can “Be There” for your learners.
  2. 2. Determinants of Presence are components that guide creation of a Sense of Presence in each stage of a course: Before, During, and After They are: 1) Type and Focus of Content; 2) Format of Learning Experience; 3) Interactive strategies implemented; 4) Role Played by Instructor; 5) Type of Technology Used; 6) Kinds of Support Type and Focus: Discipline being studied has a lot to do with whether the focus here is Content or Process, and how it is carried out; Depends on mindset of Instructor and course objectives Format: Self=Paced; Group; Blend of Both Interactive Strategies: Engage learners with Instructor; Content; Other Learners; Areas of Interaction???); Role of Instructor: Instructional designer, before, during, and after course; Facilitator of learning activities; Catalyst for conversations; Types of Technology: NOT to be focus of course; Kinds of Support Provided: Instructional; technical; Puts technology in background Why Give This?: It can guide designers in thoroughly embedding presence in all stages of the learning process.
  3. 3. How to Know if Presence is There: •LMS user participation tracking •Learner participation in orientation activities •Communication log of some sort •Observation, using rubric, of group interactions •General learner and instructor engagement •Group discussion progress •Learner mid-course feedback •Learner debriefing •Gathering info before and during course can help you re-shape course on the fly Why Give This?: It can help you assess how you are doing on the use of presence you planned. THEN, adjustments can be included.
  4. 4. Group Presence functions on logistical and instructional level Logistical – Interactions with and between learners of a non-content related nature; “housekeeping issues such as navigating LMS, etc.” Instructional: How content is related Why Give This?: Let people know how they can provide appropriate presence support so learners get help they need, and feel comfortable. THIS will help them achieve a greater senses of engagement.

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