Creating Social Presence Amid Social Distance

Like most educators in the past weeks, I’ve been thinking about students across the state of Florida, particularly students who have little to no experience with online learning.  My mind also wanders to their teachers and the fast-paced transition to online teaching and learning each of them has been facing.

These reflections led me to consider my own journey. I left my brick-and-mortar teacher origins to transition to research in the online teaching and learning more than two years ago. 

My online learning experience as a doctoral student and the realization that so many students would become online learners in the near future led me to my occupation. I learned much as an online student who benefited from instructors practicing what research shows is most effective for online learners, and I have learned much from the researchers in the field of Online Education for Kindergarten-12th grade since I joined their tribe.

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