Proposal Abstract

Discussion forums in online courses are the vehicles in which much student interaction occurs. The interactions range from individuals who post constantly to those who get on once, meet the minimal requirements (if that) and log out. Our study focuses on the interactions within the discussion forums and how those interactions define the social presence of individuals. Social presence is defined by Garrison as “the ability to project one's self and establish personal and purposeful relationships” (2007). The behaviors that contribute to perceived social presence that have been coded in this study include asking questions, sharing personal examples, and the use of names. Behaviors that seem to diminish social presence include tense interactions and negative comments. Faculty members can then model these behaviors to adjust their grading rubrics to encourage these behaviors.

Location

Atrium/Concourse

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

 
Mar 8th, 4:00 PM Mar 8th, 5:45 PM

Is Anyone There? Using Interaction Behaviors to Enhance Online Discussion Forums

Atrium/Concourse

Discussion forums in online courses are the vehicles in which much student interaction occurs. The interactions range from individuals who post constantly to those who get on once, meet the minimal requirements (if that) and log out. Our study focuses on the interactions within the discussion forums and how those interactions define the social presence of individuals. Social presence is defined by Garrison as “the ability to project one's self and establish personal and purposeful relationships” (2007). The behaviors that contribute to perceived social presence that have been coded in this study include asking questions, sharing personal examples, and the use of names. Behaviors that seem to diminish social presence include tense interactions and negative comments. Faculty members can then model these behaviors to adjust their grading rubrics to encourage these behaviors.