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Four Steps to Fostering Collaborative Presence in Online Discussion Forums
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, , Lesley University, United States

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-90-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

This paper explains key elements of online teaching practice that enhance the interactive, collaborative nature of online discussion activities in blended or fully online courses. Building on previous research and using a grounded theory approach, these four essential steps are consistently successful at fostering “collaborative presence” in online discourse. To foster collaborative presence: Use a friendly, casual tone to express expectations. Avoid firm, off-putting terms like “must” or capital letters around requirements and deadlines; Give time in the first weeks for building trust and fostering a sense of community connection and safety among participants; Provide specific suggestions of how participants might build on one another’s ideas or extend dialogue so that participants feel comfortable doing so; and Include a mid-course cycle of self-assessment based on rubrics or clear expectations for online discussion participation.

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Haavind, S. & Carter, R. (2011). Four Steps to Fostering Collaborative Presence in Online Discussion Forums. In C. Ho & M. Lin (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2011--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 1245-1253). Honolulu, Hawaii, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved May 17, 2022 from .

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