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Fostering Social Presence on Virtual Learning Teams

Fostering Social Presence on Virtual Learning Teams
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Author(s): Jennifer Stone (Royal Roads University, Canada)
Copyright: 2023
Pages: 18
Source title: Research Anthology on Remote Teaching and Learning and the Future of Online Education
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-7540-9.ch063


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Social presence is a key factor in student satisfaction and success in online courses and a marker for whether one has an online learning experience that is engaged, vibrant, and connected, or simply perfunctory. An action-oriented research project was conducted to determine how to foster social presence on the virtual learning teams in the Master of Arts programs in the School of Education and Technology at Royal Roads University. The study findings show that in order to support the development of social presence, the commitment and participation of multiple stakeholders is required. The results of this study suggest a common organizational understanding of social presence, clear delineation of student and faculty roles and responsibilities in its development, intentional program design, and a learning management system that specifically lends to interpersonal relationship building must all be present in order to foster the development of social presence.

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