Being Real: Creating social presence in your online classroom

Concurrent Session 6
Streamed Session

Brief Abstract

This highly interactive presentation will revolve around ways to create greater online social presence.  The presentation will focus on small group discussion, allowing participants to have open discussion and share ideas on how they can create higher social presence in their own online classrooms, thereby increasing student satisfaction and learning. 

 

Presenters

Laura Portolese currently teaches in the Information Technology and Administrative Management Department of Central Washington University. Her vast experience in online teaching and flipped classrooms spans nearly 20 years. Laura's research interests lie in the areas of student engagement in online courses. In addition, Laura has written several textbooks for publishers such as McGraw-Hill and Flat World Knowledge on Human Resource Management, Human Relations, and several others. When not teaching, researching or writing, you might find Laura on the roller derby track, playing for her local team in Ellensburg, Washington.
Dr. Julie Bonner is an Associate Faculty member at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA. Dr. Bonner is the program coordinator for the graduate program in the Information Technology and Administrative Management department. She has been at the University three years and is very interesting in student development, course design, and how students learn.

Additional Authors

Jackie Krause, Ph.D. Jackie Krause is an assistant professor for Central Washington University in the Information Technology and Applied Management program. Jackie has over eighteen years of experience in adult education, at both the community college and university level teaching courses both face-to-face and online. Fascinated with engaging online students in non-traditional methods, Jackie pursued a Masters in educational technology from Pepperdine University. She enjoys looking for ways to implement social networking technologies in both the classroom and enterprise. As a result, her dissertation topic addressed the perceptions and intentions of employees to use social networking within the enterprise. As an educator, Jackie enjoys trying new techniques as means of reaching students on every level.

Extended Abstract

This highly interactive presentation will revolve around ways to create greater online social presence.  The presentation will focus on small group discussion, allowing participants to have open discussion and share ideas on how they can create higher social presence in their own online classrooms, thereby increasing student satisfaction and learning.

The presentation will begin with a working definition of social presence, and address the importance of social presence online.  Then, participants will be broken into small groups, and asked to address the following questions: What strategies do you use to engage students in an online classroom?  How do you show your personal social presence in the classroom?  Is it possible to "go too far" with social presence?  Once the small groups have had a chance to discuss, all ideas will be brought together in the larger group format.  The facilitator will record all ideas and provide to participants at the end of the session.

Key takeaways from this presentation will be new and innovative ideas to create social presence, thereby increasing student satisfaction in online classes.