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The Social Role of the Online Instructor: Developing Your Digital Personality PROCEEDINGS

, CPDE - University of Central Oklahoma, United States ; , Center for Professional and Distance Education, United States

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Vancouver, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-76-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Perceived instructor presence influences learner performance, retention and satisfaction in online courses. Students want to know their instructor. This challenges online instruction where text is often the primary means of communication. By integrating technologies, such as avatars, green screen video, and podcasts, instructors introduce their digital personalities and enhance learners’ experiences.

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Fairless, T. & Franklin, S. (2009). The Social Role of the Online Instructor: Developing Your Digital Personality. In T. Bastiaens, J. Dron & C. Xin (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2009--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 244-246). Vancouver, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

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