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Synchronous video communication for distance education: the educators’ perspective

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Article number6
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>3/07/2014
<mark>Journal</mark>Open Praxis
Issue number3
Number of pages12
Pages (from-to)245-256
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The paper reports on the experienced educator perspective regarding human-to-human connection indistance education. The research questions aimed to fill gaps in the existing research literature, to investigatethe role of the educator, to discover how learning and subject content are affected by contextual factors, tofind out if it enhances the sense of togetherness (immediacy and intimacy). The Informed Grounded Theoryand the Community of Inquiry model provided a scaffolding framework for designing interview questions andanalyzing findings. The outcome of the analysis formulated a new theory called tele-proximity, which givesan explanation of how presences could work in synchronicity. The findings may help educators gain insightinto how to use Synchronous Video Communication (SVC) and lead future research to dig deeper into thefield of synchronicity and the importance of audiovisual cues.