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.
The Evolution and Influence of Social Presence Theory on Online Learning
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
Tweeting the Night Away: Using Twitter to Enhance Social Presence
Defeating the Kobayashi Maru: Supporting Student Retention by Balancing the Needs of the Many and the One
Dr. Lowenthal’s work Web site can be found at http://edtech.boisestate.edu/patrick-lowenthal/