Proposal Title

Now You See Me: Using Remind to Achieve Proximity Online

Track

Research Proposal / Online Learning

Proposal Abstract

Teaching in an online asynchronous modality would seem to create a challenging classroom management experience. Proximity does exist in the online classroom and can be achieved through applying several best practices and learning theories. Through the use of Remind app, and other forms of technology, a student’s perception of instructor proximity can be changed. Using technology (Remind app), the instructor can foster engagement, emphasize socialization and personalization and create a learning community that is critical to the formation of new knowledge. This study provides insight to student perceptions of instructor presence in the online classroom.

Proposal Description

Quality online discussion requires careful and intentional instructor behaviors. In facilitating communication to model the proximity of a traditional classroom instructors need to be engaged, relational, and personal. If done correctly, these interactions can lead to higher-level learning as students broaden their own knowledge while reflecting on the knowledge and experiences of their peers and instructor. Traditionally, online learning platforms have used text-based course delivery methods such as written lectures and announcements. However; there is a missed opportunity by instructors to personalize their online classroom. Remind is a free one-way text or email messaging application that instructors may use to communicate with students. All students can benefit by receiving weekly or bi weekly reminders regarding assignments and course announcements. Remind can also be used to send positive and motivational messages. According to Bolliger and Inan (2012) students may feel a sense of isolation and disconnectedness due to the growth of online higher education courses. This research is still in progress. The researchers will be facilitating a validated survey used to measure perceptions of connectedness of students enrolled in online programs. The instrument consists of four categories: community; comfort; facilitation; and interaction. The students will be asked questions based on the experience communicating with the instructor through the Remind application ultimately providing a best practice on whether Remind will achieve a sense of instructor proximity. The following research questions will be considered. How does Remind impact the perception of instructor proximity in the online classroom? What is the relationship between using the Remind application and perceived professor engagement? What is the relationship between using the Remind application and perceived professor ability to be relational? What is the relationship between using the Remind application and perceived professor personalization? The presenters will also include formative assessment opportunities throughout the presentation implementing technology.

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Presentation Session

Location

Room 3

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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Mar 29th, 3:00 PM Mar 29th, 3:45 PM

Now You See Me: Using Remind to Achieve Proximity Online

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Teaching in an online asynchronous modality would seem to create a challenging classroom management experience. Proximity does exist in the online classroom and can be achieved through applying several best practices and learning theories. Through the use of Remind app, and other forms of technology, a student’s perception of instructor proximity can be changed. Using technology (Remind app), the instructor can foster engagement, emphasize socialization and personalization and create a learning community that is critical to the formation of new knowledge. This study provides insight to student perceptions of instructor presence in the online classroom.