CEC Faculty Articles

Title

Facilitating discourse and enhancing teaching presence: Using mini audio presentations in online forums

Document Type

Article

Date

1-1-2010

Publication Title

The Internet and Higher Education

ISSN or ISBN

1096-7516

Volume

13

Issue

1,2

First Page

75

Last Page

77

Description

The purpose of this pilot study was to determine if instructors' use of mini audio presentations (MAPs) in online discussions serves as an effective facilitation method, particularly when the content contains specific facilitation markers including reinforcement, recognition, and reward (three Rs). Instructors posted MAPs as audio file attachments in the discussion forum at different points of time in an online course. A two-part survey was used to examine students' perceptions of MAPs as a way to increase teaching presence, immediacy (e.g. social presence of the instructor), and students' participation and satisfaction in the course. Preliminary results of the study indicate the use of MAPs enhances students' understanding of the course content and satisfaction in the course.

DOI

10.1016/j.iheduc.2009.11.001

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