Share Paper: Exploring social immediacy/intimacy in fully online learning communities through synchronous tools.

  1. Roland vanOostveen, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada
  2. Elizabeth Childs, Royal Roads University, Canada
  3. Julianne Gerbrandt, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada
  4. Kamal Awwadah, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada
Tuesday, June 26 6:00 PM-7:00 PM Koepelzaal

Abstract: Facial expressions and body language lie at the heart of the way we convey the emotional content of our interactions. The degree to which these aspects are negated in online learning environments is currently a point of debate in the field. In Fully Online Learning Community (FOLC) based programs, the closeness that students report (Childs, vanOostveen, Clarkson & Flynn, 2015) is proposed to be the result of a combination of: (a) the use of synchronous video/audio; (b) decreased transactional distance (Moore, 1993); and (c) the types of interactions that are cultivated in the online environments used in FOLC-based programs. This ...