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Transforming Social Presence Through Course Design: Authentic Implementation of Discussion Tools

Instructional design factors resulted in 900 posts in a semester, when no posts were required. This study investigated course design factors influencing social presence and the development of (ICT) self-efficacy. Instructional design factors that promoted authentic uses of threaded discussions as a vehicle to establish social presence, self- directed learning and cooperative learning resulted in 900 posts in a semester, when no posts were required. Authentic uses of the threaded discussion tool provided an important dimension to the socially constructed knowledge for students with lower (ICT) self-efficacy in an online class.
Presenter: Richard Pierce, Shenandoah University
Richard Pierce is an Associate Professor at the Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy at Shenandoah University. His research interests include social aspects of learning in online environments, K-16 technology integration, and professional development related to instructional technology.