Relationship building is one of the main goals for engaging students in online learning environments. Several research studies have found that student persistence in an online environment is positively correlated to student perceptions of social presence. This presentation will explain and show examples of various tools and techniques that can improve social presence in an online environment. The presentation will include student survey results of the effectiveness of each tool and plans we have to improve. Some specific tools and ideas that will be shared include:
• An overview how we use Flipgrid and Kaltura to create video based discussion boards for small groups.
• An overview of ways to connect with the professor during screencasts, announcements, and when providing feedback.
• Our use of the free Basecamp app or other online forums for student to student and faculty to student communication for cohort students.
• Enhancing faculty human presence during introduction videos using Flipgrid or Kaltura.
• Explain the value of occasional synchronous meetings using Webex or other platforms.
• The sharing of a video based group lesson study project that allows students to provide feedback on each other’s teaching. We will share instructions and rubrics so that participants can incorporate a similar assignment.
Stephen Wills, Georgia College & State University, United States
Roddran Grimes, Georgia College & State University, United States
Stream: Educational Technologies
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