We invite you to the first session of the 2017-18 CIDER Sessions season on October 4, 2017. This free, online session will feature Dr. Matthew Stranach of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.
Title: Social Presence in Two Massive Open Online Courses: Results from a Doctoral Study
In this session, the author will share research from his 2017 doctoral study on social presence in two MOOCs. The purpose of this study was to explore the role social presence plays within two Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) offered by two American institutions of higher education through the Canvas and EdX learning software consortia. Descriptive multiple case study methodology was used for the study, with data collected through surveys, individual interviews, focus group interviews, and discussion board postings. The author will discuss participation in the study, study results, and implications for theory and practice – for the design and facilitation of MOOCs, and for future CoI research in relation to these courses.
When: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 – 11am to 12noon Mountain Time (Canada)
Where: Online through Adobe Connect at:
Registration is not required; all are welcome. CIDER Sessions are recorded and archived for later viewing through the CIDER website. For more information on CIDER and our Sessions, please visit us at:
Open call: There are still a few spots open for the 2017-18 season. Researchers who would like to share recent work with our CIDER audience can send a note of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that it is important to set up your system prior to the event. Make sure your Mac or PC is equipped with a microphone and speakers, so that you can use the audio functionality built into the conferencing software. The Adobe Connect platform may require an update to your Flash Player; allow time for this update by joining the session 10 minutes prior to the scheduled presentation.
CIDER sessions are brought to you by the International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL) and the Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University: Canada’s Open University and leader in professional online education. The Sessions and their recordings are open and available to all, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.