Designing Presence in eLearning
Current developments in technology and social media are changing how learners access information and communicate with fellow learners and instructors. Educators are developing new paradigms to understand their role in the learning process. For this Discussion, you will analyze three requirements for online instructors for establishing â€œpresenceâ€ in an eLearning environment: social presence, cognitive presence, and teaching presence. These requirements are critical in order to engage eLearners successfully. You will also examine Siemensâ€™s theory of connectivism and how presence can be achieved through this theoretical framework.
Read â€œSocial Presence Within the Community of Inquiry Framework,â€ â€œConnectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age,â€ and â€œLearning and Knowing in Networks: Changing Roles for Educators and Designers.â€ Reflect on how Siemensâ€™s theory of connectivism relates to requirements for establishing presence. ReviewAnatomy of eLearning: Conceptual Framework, the interactive media presentation, with a focus on the â€œConnectivismâ€ section to view Siemensâ€™s videos.
Post the following by Day 7 of Week 2:
Explain how eLearning has had an impact on the changing roles of learners and instructors in learning settings. Include the eLearning strategies you believe are most effective for fostering social, cognitive, and teaching presence in learning settings. Explain the strategies you would use to create social, cognitive, and teaching presence as a designer and/or instructor of a course. Support your evaluation with principles from connectivism theory, personal experience, and at least one research study
ReviewAnatomy of eLearning: Conceptual Framework, the interactive media presentation, with a focus on the â€œConnectivismâ€ section to view Siemensâ€™s videos.