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Social Presence and Identity in Online Learning for Chinese open universities

June 22, 2016

Open UniversityOn June 14th, 2016, Dr. Marti Cleveland-Innes of the Centre for Distance Education at Athabasca University presented, via AdobeConnect, to instructors studying teaching at the Open University of China. With the assistance of Dr. Xiaoying Feng, who offered translation and discussion support, Dr. Cleveland-Innes provided a detailed review of presence in online environments.

Many instructors in Chinese open universities have had no prior knowledge of how to effectively teach online. While instructors may be skilled at face-to-face instruction, many feel frustrated and struggle with online facilitation techniques. A great challenge for Chinese online instructors is how to shift their role, identity, and conception from face-to-face instruction to online instruction. Many instructors have no conception of developing presence in an online course. Dr. Cleveland-Innes and Dr. Feng of Beijing Normal University have joined forces to teach and research the implementation of the Community of Inquiry at the Open University of China.

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Updated July 31 2017 by CDE

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