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Thursday, June 23 • 16:10 - 17:00
CON09.10 - I am here: Ensuring presence in an online learning environment

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Online courses offer an autonomous learning experience where students are afforded substantial flexibility, often including the luxury of attending when they want and from where they want. However, this flexibility appears to impact motivation, participation and academic achievement. According to Russell (2013), online students are more likely to procrastinate and prioritize other aspects in their life over the course, suggesting that students are not sufficiently equipped to regulate their own learning. According to Ryan and Deci (2000) supporting self-regulated learning requires that three innate psychological needs be satisfied, of which two, namely Competence and Relatedness, rely on the presence of others. Similarly, Garrison, Anderson, and Archer (2000) propose that social and teacher presence are essential in an online learning environment. This is not surprising, since human beings are socially inclined and a social environment has been shown to be beneficial and perhaps even essential for learning to occur (see Lipman, 2010). Accordingly, using case studies, and through small group discussions and think-pair-share exercises, participants will be given the opportunity to explore and discuss strategies that promote teacher and student presence within online learning environments. As part of the interactive session, participants will also learn about several strategies that the presenter recently considered within their own online teaching environment. Some elements that will be covered during this interactive session will include: what worked, what didn't, as well as some feedback that was obtained from students in the process. Participants will be able to share information regarding their own online teaching experiences, as well as provide feedback on the presenter's experiences. Participants will leave with the ability to recommend and potentially employ strategies that promote teacher and social presence, thus supporting self-regulated learning within an online environment.


Melissa Brasgold

Melissa Brasgold is an educational developer with over a decade of teaching and research experience as a professor at the University of Ottawa. She has particular expertise in online and blended classroom instruction, the use of educational technologies, and is involved in numerous... Read More →

Thursday June 23, 2016 16:10 - 17:00 EDT
UCC 65