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By Rena M. Palloff, Keith Pratt

This booklet is aimed at educating adults, greater schooling, no longer k-12. I anticipated extra concrete suggestion on educating online,it rather is simply approximately developing "communities" because the name says. the necessity to attach the scholars. it is ok. simply no longer what i used to be hoping for.

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Many who write about distance education have expressed concern as to how participants make more “human” connections while continuing the learning process. Nipper (1989), a relatively early writer on online distance learning, discusses the need to create a sense of “synchronous presence” and reduce the social distance between all participants. Presence can be defined as the degree to which a person is perceived as “real” in the online environment. The concept of presence has triggered numerous research studies and has been correlated with increased learner satisfaction with online courses and a greater depth of learning (Picciano, 2002; Richardson and Swan, 2003; Rovai and Barnum, 2003).

Qxd 5/28/07 1:18 PM Page 16 go to the library to complete assignments. Instead, Internet searching and use of sites such as Wikipedia are the means by which students complete homework and school assignments. Although the use of the Internet has grown among adults as well, adults often need additional training along with a shift in thinking and practice in order to successfully use the Internet for academic purposes. Consequently, a gap exists between our youth and those who are attempting to teach them—a gap that is not only forcing adults to become more technology-savvy but also to explore different theories and means by which to deliver education online to youth, whose expectations for learning have changed.

How does an instructor teach in this environment? How do the participants in the online classroom become re-embodied? In Chapter Two, we explore the important concept of establishing presence in much more detail. One way to help create presence, however, is through the use of threaded discussion—a series of posts displayed in outline form in the discussion area of the online course. qxd 5/28/07 1:18 PM Page 12 deliver course content, some are still confused by the use of threaded discussion. They are not sure about how to use it effectively and so simply avoid it.

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