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ERIC Number: ED534970
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 164
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1248-9714-1
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The Effect of Social Presence on Students' Perceived Learning and Satisfaction in Online Courses
Nyachae, Joseph Nyandusi
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, West Virginia University
This study investigated the effects of social presence on students' perceived learning and satisfaction in online courses. The participants for this study were 81 graduate students enrolled in four special education online courses offered at a major higher education institution located in a Mid-Atlantic state. Two research questions were used to conduct the research: 1. Can we predict in a statistically significant fashion using linear regression students' perceived learning in a course based on their perceived level of social presence and number of interactive elements in the course? 2. Can we predict in a statistically significant fashion using linear regression students' satisfaction in a course based on their perceived level of social presence and number of interactive elements in the course? The results indicated that there positive correlation between perceived learning and the two independent variables (number of interactive elements and social presence). Social presence had a positive relationship with perceived learning. There was no statistically significant relationship between interactive elements and perceived learning. Results also showed that there was a positive correlation between satisfaction and the two independent variables (number of interactive elements and social presence). Social presence had a positive relationship satisfaction. There was no statistically significant relationship between interactive elements and satisfaction. The study demonstrated that interactive elements alone did not have an impact on students' perceived learning and satisfaction. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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