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This paper analyses the interplay of social presence and educational technology, from a social constructivist perspective, to question the current determinism prevailing in the literature. Taking an online distance course implemented in Finland as its case, the study reveals how students negotiate the way they share visual cues and personal background and experiences. Thereby, it critically examines the impetus to create more social presence through visual cues and personal information, bydoi:10.38069/edenconf-2020-rw-0048 fatcat:z2wryqyl4nhjzi2qjk2r2yuhim