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ERIC Number: EJ916830
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 50
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0896-5811
Can You See Me Now? Defining Teaching Presence in the Online Classroom through Building a Learning Community
Jones, Ida M.
Journal of Legal Studies Education, v28 n1 p67-116 Win-Spr 2011
In the online environment, students and instructors are virtually, but not physically, present in the same environment. In the online environment, technology mediates learning: it mediates communications and information transfer between the student and the instructor, between the student and the content, and among the students. Critics fear that the lack of face-to-face, personal contact with the instructor and other students creates a remoteness that inhibits learning. The purpose of this article is to describe and analyze two online legal environment courses to determine whether the instructor successfully used technology to create an effective online teaching and learning environment. The central focus is on the concept of "teaching presence" in physical and online environments and how teaching presence can be created in an online environment. Part I of the article begins by discussing trends in online education, explaining tools used to promote learning in the online environment, defining education, and summarizing theories of teaching and learning. This part also examines the lecture as a method of teaching and promoting learning. In Part II, the author discusses the role of the teacher and the concept of teaching presence. This part also comprehensively describes the author's online courses, one graduate and one undergraduate, which were designed to convey a sense of teaching presence. Finally, Part III reports and evaluates the results of student surveys conducted to confirm whether the author, as the instructor, was present in these online courses. The article concludes with recommendations for ensuring teaching presence in online courses. (Contains 8 tables and 69 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California
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