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ERIC Number: EJ1125809
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1935-7869
Integrating the Intangibles into Asynchronous Online Instruction: Strategies for Improving Interaction and Social Presence
McGuire, Beverley Foulks
Journal of Effective Teaching, v16 n3 p62-75 2016
This paper considers how instructors of asynchronous online courses in the Humanities might integrate intangibles associated with face-to-face instruction into their online environments. It presents a case study of asynchronous online instruction in a philosophy and religion department at a midsize public university in the southeastern United States. Based on interviews with instructors and observations of course shells, it presents five strategies for improving interaction and social presence in asynchronous online environments: establishing an online community that is comfortable--yet structured, humanizing the course whenever possible, making feedback a priority, establishing clear expectations, then monitoring discussions, and making the course relevant to learners.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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