PLUTO Institute -- Presence and Engagement

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PLUTO Institute -- Presence and Engagement

  1. 1. Presence & engagement in online learning environments Patrick R. Lowenthal Boise State University slides @ patricklowenthal.com
  2. 2. More About Me  educator  researcher  designer  developer patricklowenthal.com Twitter @plowenthal
  3. 3. Why this matters to me! slides @ patricklowenthal.com
  4. 4. I was scared the first time I taught online slides @ patricklowenthal.com
  5. 5. I was scared that I would not connect with my students slides @ patricklowenthal.com
  6. 6. Why does connecting matter? slides @ patricklowenthal.com
  7. 7. Learning is social!
  8. 8. We are social beings!
  9. 9. slides @ patricklowenthal.com Can learning with technology be social?
  10. 10. Theory of Social Presence For more info: The evolution and influence of social presence theory on online learning Social presence is the degree of salience (i.e., quality or state of being there) between two communicators using a communication medium.
  11. 11. Social Presence Theory… • Social presence is a quality of a communication medium • Some media (e.g., video) have a higher social presence than other media (e.g., text) • Media with higher social presence are seen as socialable, warm, and personal
  12. 12. Community of Inquiry slides @ patricklowenthal.com
  13. 13. High Tech & Low Tech Strategies slides @ patricklowenthal.com
  14. 14. Social Presence Strategies Bio strategies Orientation strategies Reconnecting strategies Feedback strategies Discussion strategies Small group strategies Organic interaction strategies
  15. 15. Bios Strategies Teacher Bios Student Bios
  16. 16. Teacher Bios For more info: Intentional Web Presence: 10 SEO Strategies Every Academic Needs to Know
  17. 17. Teacher Bios For more info: From Pixel on a Screen to Real Person in Your Students’ Lives: Establishing Social Presence using Digital Storytelling Digital Stories
  18. 18. Student Bios For more info: Getting to know you: The first week of class and beyond Aladdin’s Lamp Superhero Powers
  19. 19. Student Bios For more info: Defeating the Kobayashi Maru: Supporting Student Retention by Balancing the Needs of the Many and the One 5 minute phone call
  20. 20. Student Bios For more info: From Pixel on a Screen to Real Person in Your Students’ Lives: Establishing Social Presence using Digital Storytelling Digital Stories
  21. 21. Student Bios Photo Roster
  22. 22. Orientation Strategies slides @ patricklowenthal.com Orientation Videos
  23. 23. Orientation Strategies Detailed Announcements & Emails
  24. 24. Reconnecting Strategies Soundtrack of your life For more info: Hot for teacher: Using digital music to enhance student’s experience in online courses
  25. 25. Reconnecting Strategies Virtual Paper Bag & Superhero Powers
  26. 26. Feedback Strategies Video Feedback
  27. 27. Discussion Strategies Non-threatening discussions Discussion Protocols Synchronous Discussions For more info: Protocols for Online Discussions
  28. 28. Small Group Strategies Peer Review Group Work Document Co-Creation For more info: Learning, unlearning, and relearning: Using Web 2.0 technologies to support the development of lifelong learning skills
  29. 29. Organic Interaction Strategies For more info: Tweeting the night away: Using Twitter to enhance social presence Social Media
  30. 30. Types of Interaction • Student – to – student • Student – to – content • Student – to – teacher slides @ patricklowenthal.com
  31. 31. CoI Reconceptualized slides @ patricklowenthal.com
  32. 32. Questions for Blended Courses 1. When should you have interactions with peers? 2. When should you have interactions with content? 3. When should you have interactions with the instructor? slides @ patricklowenthal.com
  33. 33. Patrick R. Lowenthal patricklowenthal@boisestate.edu Articles @ http://patricklowenthal.com/research/  The power of presence: Our quest for the right mix of social presence in online courses  What was your best learning experience? Our story about using stories to solve instructional problems  Defeating the Kobayashi Maru: Supporting student retention by balancing the needs of the many and the one  Death to the Digital Dropbox: Rethinking student privacy and public performance  Hot for teacher: Using digital music to enhance student’s experience in online courses  From pixel on a screen to real person in your students’ lives: Establishing social presence using digital storytelling  Horton hears a tweet  Tweeting the night away: Using Twitter to enhance social presence  Online faculty development and storytelling: An unlikely solution to improving teacher quality  Teaching presence

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