Interaction and Presence as Important Elements in Student Learning in Online Environments
Abstract: With rapid technology development and growth in student enrollment in online education, it is essential that online courses continue to be examined for effectiveness. Two vital components key to effectiveness as evidenced by student learning in online environments are interaction and presence. Using a survey design, this study seeks to examine the relationships among the elements of interaction and presence and student learning in an online graduate level research methods course offered at Illinois State University. The findings generated from this empirical study will inform online course design to ensure optimal student learning and satisfaction in the course. More broadly, the study will contribute significantly to the literature on online course development and instruction.