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Social Presence in Online Learning: A Critical Literacy for Effective Online Experiences (NISOD webi

Meeting Date(s):Thurs., Sep. 7, 2017
Time:1:00pm- 2:00pm
Instructor:Page Wolf
Audience:Faculty
Prerequisite:None
Contact Hours:1
Credit Type:

Per Adjunct Union Contract 3.G - Adjunct faculty will not be compensated for attending programs, workshops, seminars, courses or meetings to meet federal, state or grant requirements under which an adjunct provides instruction. Check with Division office for guidelines.

Adjunct faculty currently under contract will be compensated $35/contact hour up to a maximum of 11 contact hours for the academic year (fall and spring semesters combined; no summer stipends). Please note that there are some TLETC classes that are not offered for faculty credit.

Description:Recent research suggests that students continue to struggle with isolation and disconnectedness in online courses. This webinar addresses the importance of human connection in online learning and provides participants several easy-to-implement strategies to enhance social presence. The webinar facilitators consider social presence a critical literacy for online learning and, as evidence, they draw from their long-term research with instructors, students, as well as the research from other distinguished experts. Ultimately, because of the connection between student satisfaction and motivation, social presence, and retention rates, it is advantageous for educational institutions to encourage and support their faculty in integrating social presence strategies into their online and blended-learning environments. Webinar participants leave with several examples and strategies they can implement or adapt for their online learning courses and programs.

To view this NISOD webinar, after registering through the TLETC, please visit: http://www.nisod.org/webinars and register with NISOD with username-"clcillinois.edu" and password-"nisod76".

To earn TLETC credit for viewing this webinar, you will need to submit a 1-2 page summary NO LATER THAN September 14, 2017. The paper should include the following and should be emailed to pwolf@clcillinois.edu :

  • A summary of what the webinar was about
  • Main points from the presentation that stood out to you and why
  • Any questions that were generated from the topic or that remain unanswered
  • Commentary on how you might apply the information you learned from this session in your instruction