Teaching Presence in Online Education: From the Instructor's Point-of-View

Kristi A. Preisman
2014 Online Learning  
Most often the topic of creating any type of presence in online education is viewed from the student perspective (Oztok & Brett, 2011). This research examines the creation of teaching presence from the vantage point of the instructor. Over the course of three semesters, the researcher/instructor incorporated various techniques to create a greater sense of teaching presence in one of two simultaneous graduate assessment courses. Data was collected and analyzed from discussion board postings,
more » ... board postings, emails, grades, and course evaluations in order to determine if efforts and tools used to enhance teaching presence were a worthwhile investment of the instructor's time and energy. The results from this study indicate there is minimal evidence which demonstrates that creating a greater sense of teaching presence in the online classroom impacts student grades, student-instructor communication, instructor course evaluations or instructor satisfaction. Also, it was determined that teaching presence was not a required and/or needed part of this online learning environment. Instructors play a key role in the creation and facilitation of the learning process, but this research validates that it is more important for the instructor to be present rather than to create a sense of presence in online learning (Sheriden & Kelly, 2010).
doi:10.24059/olj.v18i3.446 fatcat:vrf6qce74nfdvbxalz43cd5aay