Best practices of distance dissertation mentorship through social presence

Abstract: 

In this chapter, we explored online instructors’ distance dissertation mentorship through social presence.  Eight dissertation chairs were invited to answer in-depth interview questions in this case study.  The theories and definitions of social presence, the effectiveness of social presence in online courses, and the strategies to improve social presence in online settings were reviewed.  Major findings of this study revealed the critical role of social presence in dissertation mentoring, successful strategies to improve social presence in online dissertation courses, teachers’ limited use of social media, emoticons, and University Mobile 3.0, the need for synchronous virtual interaction in online dissertation classes, and teachers’ challenges of online dissertation mentorship.  Future research directions were recommended. 

This publication has been peer reviewed.
Publication Type: 
Book Chapter
Authors: 
Libi Shen and Irene L. Chen
Year of Publication: 
2014
Journal, Book, Magazine or Other Publication Title: 
Online tutor 2.0: Methodologies and case studies for successful learning
Pages: 
169-185
Publisher: 
IGI Global Publishing
Date Published: 
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Place Published: 
Hershey, PA
Publication Language: 
English
ISBN Number: 
9781466658325
Editors: 
Yuzer, T.V. and Eby, G.
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