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ERIC Number: EJ854921
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1527-9316
Measuring up Online: The Relationship between Social Presence and Student Learning Satisfaction
Hostetter, Carol; Busch, Monique
Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, v6 n2 p1-12 Oct 2006
The study examined students' perceptions of social presence in online and face-to-face course environments. Data from surveys of 112 undergraduate students (80 in online, 32 in face-to-face classes) are presented. Statistical tests include t-tests and ordinary least squares regression tests. Students' perceptions of social presence were similar in the online and face-to-face sections, and predicted their learner satisfaction scores. Experience in online courses had a statistically significant effect on online students' perceptions of social presence. Students' social presence scores did not have a significant effect on their learning outcomes, perhaps due to the small amount of variation in learning outcomes. (Contains 4 tables and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A