Strong Teacher Presence Fosters Student Engagement with Online Learning
B Bhagyavati, Columbus State University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Phoenix, AZ, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-55-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
Learning via online environments has diffused from universities to high schools today with state education boards taking the lead in promoting online learning. As increasing numbers of high school students engage in learning via online means, facilitating learning communities by maintaining a strong sense of virtual presence becomes a significant factor in fostering student engagement with the subject material. The author has been involved in teaching a variety of undergraduate and graduate Computer Science courses online for 3 years and shares her experience in strengthening social presence and facilitating learning communities. Teacher presence results in creating and sustaining learning communities, which have been proven to be a powerful indicator of student satisfaction and engagement. Strong virtual presence of teachers in an online environment creates learning communities that fosters student engagement with course content.
Bhagyavati, B. (2005). Strong Teacher Presence Fosters Student Engagement with Online Learning. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, I. Gibson, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2005--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 286-289). Phoenix, AZ, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).