Comment on Social Presence in Online Learning that resonates with points in Stephen Downes recent presentation at Ars Electronica (2009.09.05): The Cloud and Collaboration (http://www.slideshare.net/Downes/the-cloud-and-collaboration)
We can divide this 'social presence' into two categories, I feel... (a) the interaction which is graded as part of the collaborative learning process, involving discussions amongst participants and comments on the content of others' posts. There are obviously elements of quantity and quality to be considered here.... and (b) the kind of interaction which takes place spontaneously (and is not graded by the e-tutor)... where participants simply share useful info or their personal feelings about a particular topic, thus establishing affective links not only with the other learners, but also with the e-tutors.
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