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Capitalizing on social presence: the relationship between social capital and social presence

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  • Murat Oztok
  • Daniel Zingaro
  • Alexandra Makos
  • Clare Brett
  • Jim Hewitt
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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>07/2015
<mark>Journal</mark>Internet and Higher Education
Volume26
Number of pages6
Pages (from-to)19-24
Publication statusPublished
Early online date12/04/15
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Online learning literature espouses the benefits of social interaction for meaningful learning and deep processing of course material. Yet, our understanding of the types of interactions that lead to these benefits may be limited by our current understanding of social presence. In this paper, we employ social capital theory to help understand the social presence experiences of students in online learning environments. We find that social presence relates more to communication between weak ties rather than within strongly-tied subsets of participants, and offer hypotheses and implications for our findings.