Social Presence as Best Practice: The Online Classroom Needs to Feel Real

Social Presence as Best Practice: The Online Classroom Needs to Feel Real

By Delton T. Daigle and Aaron Stuvland, George Mason University

Due to COVID-19, colleges have moved into digital spaces at an unprecedented scale and pace. A shared concern among faculty and administration is the impact of this move on student-learning outcomes. A commonly touted “best practice” is to provide a fully asynchronous experience—preparing lectures, learning activities, and social interactions in advance and posting these for students to access on their own schedule.

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