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Supplemental information for the workshop
Building Community in an Online Course
presented by Dr. Linda Mayne, Nov 12, 2007, 12 noon
1632 Old Cafeteria Complex

What is Social Presence?

Short, Williams and Christie advanced the construct of "social presence" in 1976; they viewed social presence as the ability to project one's personal presence into computer-mediated communications, thereby increasing the awareness for others of the presence of an interaction partner and their perception of the intimacy or immediacy of the interpersonal relationship. They argued that the critical difference between face-to-face communication and computer-mediated communication is the absence of social context cues, accounting for the social effects of many new media.

See Short, J.A., Williams, E., & Christie, B. (1976). The social psychology of telecommunications. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

View Dr. Mayne's presentation

DE readiness assessments:

DE Readiness self-assessment: Are You Ready for Online Learning:

Online Assessment: Are you better suited for an education on campus or online?:

Online Learning Self Assessment

Be VOCAL article:

Savery, John R. (2005). "BE VOCAL: Characteristics of Successful Online Instructors," Journal of Interactive Online Learning, 4(2) pp. 141-152