Finding the community in online education: It’s in the instructors’ eyes

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Abstract

An instructor’s teaching presence affects students’ feelings of social presence and connectivity in distance education, pointing to an opportunity for intentional orchestrations of class members’ social experience. To explore such opportunities, we interviewed instructors about what and how they see community from their online teaching experiences. In this paper, we characterize the presence and nature of the community that instructors see in their distance education classes. We highlighted the strategies instructors used in an online environment that support both synchronous and asynchronous collaborative learning. Design implications for sociable learning environments are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMaking a Difference
Subtitle of host publicationPrioritizing Equity and Access in CSCL - 12th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL 2017 - Conference Proceedings
EditorsBrian K. Smith, Marcela Borge, Emma Mercier, Kyu Yon Lim
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Pages303-310
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780990355007
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Event12th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning - Making a Difference: Prioritizing Equity and Access in CSCL, CSCL 2017 - Philadelphia, United States
Duration: Jun 18 2017Jun 22 2017

Publication series

NameComputer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL
Volume1
ISSN (Print)1573-4552

Conference

Conference12th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning - Making a Difference: Prioritizing Equity and Access in CSCL, CSCL 2017
CountryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia
Period6/18/176/22/17

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Education

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Sun, N., & Rosson, M. B. (2017). Finding the community in online education: It’s in the instructors’ eyes. In B. K. Smith, M. Borge, E. Mercier, & K. Y. Lim (Eds.), Making a Difference: Prioritizing Equity and Access in CSCL - 12th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL 2017 - Conference Proceedings (pp. 303-310). (Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL; Vol. 1). International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS).