Episode 3: Talking Social Presence with Dr. Patrick Lowenthal

Episode 3: December 9, 2013

In this episode, I interview Dr. Patrick Lowenthal who is an assistant professor of Educational Technology at Boise State University. Dr. Lowenthal discusses his about research on social presence in online teaching and learning. He provides an excellent description of what social presence entails and how it can be a “messy” construct. Dr. Lowenthal provides guidance about why social presence is important for online teaching and learning.

Visit his Web site at http://patricklowenthal.com/
He can be found on Twitter @plowenthal

Additionally, here are direct links to various resources Dr. Lowenthal discussed.

Social Presence
http://www.patricklowenthal.com/publications/socialpresenceEDOLpre-print.pdf

The Evolution and Influence of Social Presence Theory on Online Learning
http://www.patricklowenthal.com/publications/evolution_social_presence.pdf

The power of presence: Our quest for the right mix of social presence in online courses
http://patricklowenthal.com/the-power-of-presence-our-quest-for-the-right-mix-of-social-presence-in-online-courses/

Problems Measuring Social Presence in a Community of Inquiry
http://patricklowenthal.com/research/problems-measuring-social-presence-in-a-community-of-inquiry/

Tweeting the Night Away: Using Twitter to Enhance Social Presence
http://patricklowenthal.com/publications/Using_Twitter_to_Enhance_Social_Presence.pdf

Defeating the Kobayashi Maru: Supporting Student Retention by Balancing the Needs of the Many and the One
http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/defeating-kobayashi-maru-supporting-student-retention-balancing-needs-many-and-one

Dr. Lowenthal’s work Web site can be found at http://edtech.boisestate.edu/patrick-lowenthal/