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Friday, March 15 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Online Student Perceptions of Social Presence in Interactive Telepresence and Web Conferencing

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Online students prefer being able to see both their instructor and course content at the same time in their online courses. This presentation extends the findings of this previous research and describes the results of a recent experiment that compared four variations of online video. A live, interactive telepresence treatment group, a live interactive web conferencing group, a recording of the telepresence group, and a recording of the web conferencing group, were all compared in terms of social presence. The same instructor, the same 20-minute presentation, and the same subject matter were used in each group. In the real-time telepresence and web conferencing treatments, the instructor and the online students were able to see and hear each other and interact in real-time. Students in the recorded telepresence and the recorded web conference groups were only able to see the presentation. The telepresence students rated the social presence of the instructor highest, followed by the web conferencing students, followed by the students who only viewed the recordings. This result helps confirm the social presence impact of live video in online courses and helps inform instructional design and technology support best practices for online courses.

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Miguel Ramlatchan

Assistant VP for Technology, Office of Distance Learning, Old Dominion University
Miguel Ramlatchan is the Assistant Vice President for Technology in Old Dominion University's Office of Distance Learning. Old Dominion University is a public doctoral research institution with its main campus in Norfolk, VA., and has been a pioneer in technology delivered distance... Read More →
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Candace Whitehurst

Database Administrator & Office Manager, Old Dominion University
Candace Whitehurst is a Database Administrator & Office Manager, as well as a Research Associate in Old Dominion University, Office of Distance Learning. Old Dominion University is a public doctoral research institution with its main campus in Norfolk, VA, and has been a pioneer in... Read More →

Friday March 15, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am EDT