1.describe the ways in which your introductory post should have enhanced social presence in a course that you teach.
I think that Post 1 OTL2-1-Post 1 – “A Blog About Me” enhanced social presence because I introduced myself and located myself as the instructor for CRIM 4121 – Crime and Media. I discussed my background in Sociology and identified as a Sociologist who has taught at Canadian Universities for the past 18 years. I discussed my previous teaching experience in the disciplines of Sociology, Criminology and Women’s Studies. I attached a picture of myself taken in Nanaimo, B.C. during Canada’s 150th birthday celebration. The audio gave students a connection to my voice and the picture gave them a visual. I also added written biographical information on the page. All of this enhanced social presence in the course because it introduced me, shared my interests, and let students know a bit about me.
2. identify at least one improvement that you might make in light of what you know about social presence since completing your first post, an
I would improve on the volume of my video.
3. describe how your thinking about social presence has changed since your first post.
I think that it is important to provide a visual, audio and introductory remarks in order to engage with students. I am keen to investigate this process further.
October 18, 2018