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Title: A Path Analysis of Gender Differences in Social Presence in Online Course Discussion Forums
Authors: Jeng, Amos
Valdiviejas, Hannah
Perry, Michelle
Keywords: Learning Sciences
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Jeng, A., Valdiviejas, H., & Perry, M. (2022). A path analysis of gender differences in social presence in online course discussion forums. In Chinn, C., Tan, E., Chan, C., & Kali, Y. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 16th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2022 (pp. 937-940). International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Online social presence—the degree to which individuals project their identities and personalities into a web-based community—plays an essential role in fostering a connected and satisfying learning environment. The present study’s aim was to explore gender differences in behaviors related to social presence in an online course. Using path analysis, we found that students identifying as women or non-binary were more likely than men to use indicators of mood, feeling, and emotion when posting to an online college course discussion forum, holding posting frequency constant. These results have implications for instructional strategies aimed at facilitating social presence in online learning environments.
Description: Short Paper
Appears in Collections:ISLS Annual Meeting 2022

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