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ERIC Number: EJ1087698
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jan
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: EISSN-1547-500X
Instructing the Instructors: Training Instructors to Use Social Presence Cues in Online Courses
Paquette, Paige
Journal of Educators Online, v13 n1 p80-108 Jan 2016
Online learning has become an ever-evolving opportunity for students in all stages of life to achieve their educational goals while also participating in all of the other aspects of their lives. With all of the changes in online learning in the last decade, it is unfortunate that many online instructors have been left behind (Lackey, 2011). Instructors are hearing words like motivation, persistence, and retention, yet they do not know how to develop online courses that encourage their students to engage and interact with their classmates. They are unaware that assuring that they interject social presence into their online courses could change the entire atmosphere of a course. This study provided participating instructors with an online English composition course that encouraged participant interaction and engagement. Two of the instructors received an extra day of training, including details about social presence cues and using them in their online courses. The results demonstrated that "instructing the instructor" may help create a more inviting and engaging course for the participants, which further research may prove lends to the motivation, persistence, and retention most institutions are seeking today.
Journal of Educators Online. 500 University Drive, Dothan, AL 36303. Web site: http://www.thejeo.com
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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