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Social presence and online collaborative small group work: A socioconstructivist account


Computers & Education Volume 60, Number 1, ISSN 0360-1315 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


We approach the construct of social presence (SP) from a socio-cultural perspective, taking it as an essential component of computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL) process. We present a qualitative case study in which sixteen student–teachers carried out a computer supported collaborative writing activity in small groups during six weeks. The group activity took place in a blended course at a Bachelor program of Teacher Education. Results allow us to re-define the concept of SP as the concept of SP as the result of constructive and evolutionary discursive group interaction. SP promotes the creation of a community feeling, the maintenance of positive relational dynamics, and the enhancement of self- and collective efficacy in front of the learning task, so that the learning process is supported. The resulting categories correspond to two different axes: individual- versus group-oriented, and task- versus members-oriented.


Remesal, A. & Colomina, R. (2013). Social presence and online collaborative small group work: A socioconstructivist account. Computers & Education, 60(1), 357-367. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved September 22, 2019 from .

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