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Interpersonal dimensions of community in graduate online learning: Exploring social presence through the lens of Systemic Functional Linguistics
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Internet and Higher Education Volume 10, Number 3, ISSN 1096-7516 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd

Abstract

This exploratory case study considers the interpersonal dimension of collaborative learning in an online graduate community that is based on a cohort approach to education which is characterized by the social construction of knowledge. Discourse data from two graduate courses are analyzed for interpersonal elements associated with social presence through the lens of Systemic Functional Linguistics. A general profile of the interpersonal dimension of the learning community is provided along with a consideration of cognitive engagement and the interpersonal dynamics of two dilemmatic situations. Data analyses indicate that social presence is much more than social chat and that the nature of the collaborative learning process is deeply intertwined with interpersonal engagement among participants.

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Goertzen, P. & Kristjánsson, C. (2007). Interpersonal dimensions of community in graduate online learning: Exploring social presence through the lens of Systemic Functional Linguistics. Internet and Higher Education, 10(3), 212-230. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved July 23, 2019 from .

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Full text is availabe on Science Direct: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.iheduc.2007.06.005

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