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Leveraging Social Presence in Asynchronous Training

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Want a quick and inexpensive evidence-based technique to improve both learner satisfaction and learning? Consider social presence! An analysis of more than 1,400 lesson student ratings found that social presence was the most important factor related to high satisfaction (Sitzman et al, 2008). What is social presence and how is it best generated in instructor-led events as well as in asynchronous e-learning? Although high social presence leads to higher ratings, does it also lead to better learning? These are a few of the issues we will review in this and several articles to follow.

What Is Social Presence?

Social presence is the extent to which learners perceive a personal connection with the instructor and also with fellow learners. Social presence is independent of delivery media.

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