ERIC Number: EJ889188
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: 21
Using Videoconferencing to Establish and Maintain a Social Presence in Online Learning Environments
Moody, Robert A.; Wieland, Regi L.
Educational Considerations, v37 n2 p18-21 Spr 2010
Successful operation of videoconferencing technology for interactive learning demands preparation and scheduling. Well-organized strategies for interaction assist faculty in meeting individual student needs and developing the "social presence" necessary to facilitate quality online learning. Organizations can be proactive by offering this innovative technology as a way to build relationships. In this article, the authors describe the transition of the Fort Hays State University (FHSU) educational administration program to a fully online program. It has been a valuable learning experience for faculty and students. The "evolution" of the program has been from traditional on campus face-to-face (F2F) instruction, to Interactive Television (ITV), to Blackboard (Bb), social networks such as Classroom 2.0, to videoconferencing programs, which provide instant one on one or small group chat and/or video communication. Data collection on student satisfaction is ongoing and the authors are growing in their willingness to take risks with new technologies that enhance teaching and learning. The use of videoconferencing to make the learning environment as transparent as possible can be a valuable "social presence" tool as educators seek to build and maintain quality relationships with students.
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Student Needs, Distance Education, Online Courses, Educational Administration, Social Networks, Teacher Student Relationship, Classroom Environment, Educational Strategies, College Instruction, Program Development, Virtual Classrooms, Web Based Instruction, Educational Technology, Video Technology, Teleconferencing, Computer Mediated Communication, Synchronous Communication
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Kansas