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Title:Lights, cameras, action: Using video to create instructor presence in an online information studies course
Author(s):Stoerger, Sharon
Subject(s):Community of inquiry
media richness
online education
Abstract:By definition, social presence involves making individuals feel connected and part of a community. Yet, creating social presence among the students and the instructor does not happen automatically and can be challenging to develop in online courses. In these learning environments, interactions are typically conducted via text-based and asynchronous media. The visual and auditory cues that are often associated with face-to-face interactions are absent in this form of communication. However, easy-to-use and inexpensive technologies that can foster presence are emerging. This project investigated the use of rich media to promote visual thinking and increase the instructor’s social presence. More specifically, instructor-created videos were used to enhance the sense of presence in a fully online course. Based on surveys and unstructured follow-up interviews, the students responded favorably to the richer mode of communication and indicated that they felt a greater connection to the instructor, as well as their classmates.
Issue Date:2013-02
Citation Info:Stoerger, S. (2013). Lights, cameras, action: Using video to create instructor presence in an online information studies course. iConference 2013 Proceedings (pp. 685-687). doi:10.9776/13317
Genre:Conference Poster
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Rights Information:Copyright © 2013 is held by the authors. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-02-03

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