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ERIC Number: EJ771849
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0380-2361
Learner Characteristics as Predictors of Online Social Presence
Mykota, David; Duncan, Randy
Canadian Journal of Education, v30 n1 p157-170 2007
In this study, the authors determined the individual learner characteristics of educators enrolled in online courses that influenced social presence (affective social communication). Findings reveal that the number of online courses taken, followed by computer-mediated communication proficiency, are significant predictors of social presence. Recommendations for the effective use of online learning recognize that instructors must deliberately structure interaction patterns to overcome the potential lack of social presence of the medium. Similarly, quality instructional design and course development strategies need be incorporated with supportive pre-course instructional activities provided to acquaint novice learners with online learning expectations. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada