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Conceptualizing the Essence of Presence in Distance Education through Digital Dasein

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E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in New Orleans, LA, USA ISBN 978-1-939797-12-4 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA


In order to achieve learning, presence is necessary. If we have good presence, no tests are necessary. In distance learning, the concept of presence is not obvious. Presence in distance and network contexts usually means being active on social media. However, in distance and network learning, something more is needed. It is the face-to-face interaction that needs to be “digitalized”. In order to investigate this, we have turned to Heidegger (1927) and the concept of Dasein. The need for an artifact mediating Dasein has been identified. The concept of Dasein is not easy, not even in philosophical terms. It means being somewhere else, and not on the place you are present. We have extended the The Community of Inquiry Model originating from Garrisson & Andersson (2003) by introducing the concept of digital Dasein.


Haj-Bolouri, A., Flensburg, P. & Svensson, L. (2014). Conceptualizing the Essence of Presence in Distance Education through Digital Dasein. In T. Bastiaens (Ed.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning (pp. 746-754). New Orleans, LA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 22, 2019 from .

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