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Encouraging social presence and a sense of community in a virtual residential school

Robinson, Kathleen (2009). Encouraging social presence and a sense of community in a virtual residential school. Open Learning, 24(2) pp. 127–139.

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This study describes the theoretical rationale underpinning the design and implementation of a career related activity as an optional element of a Virtual Residential School (VRS). The activity comprised an interview with a practising Chartered psychologist recorded as an mp3 audio file which was subsequently supported by an asynchronous discussion held in a dedicated online forum. The impact of the activity was assessed based on the analysis of activity logs and the student response to a post course survey together with the ethnographic data from the discussion forum. The design of the activity and its value for enriching the student experience and encouraging social presence and a sense of community is discussed and shows that there were benefits from this approach.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2009 The Open University
ISSN: 0268-0513
Keywords: virtual residential school; social presence; community of practice; dialogic interaction; diversity
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Psychology in the Social Sciences
Social Sciences
Item ID: 17246
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Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2009 14:49
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2016 11:32
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