Social presence is an important topic, which must be addressed in distance education, because human beings naturally want to sense that they are needed, they play a role in something and not isolated. In a learning environment, the learners need to be aware of each other’s presence for the learning to be more productive. Social presence is something, which is sometimes overlooked by many institutions of higher learning when implementing online education in their curriculum. Deficiency of social interaction among learner in learning communities makes distance learning appear boring and unexciting for both the learner and the educator.
Here are some strategies to creating social presence in online courses.
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Adapted from Aragon (2003).