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Informal Social Learning: An Examination of Teaching and Social Presence on a Photoshop® for Beginners Internet Discussion Forum

Abstract The overall purpose of this study was to explore the dynamics of teaching and learning in the context of an informal, online discussion forum. This investigation utilized the Community of Inquiry (CoI) elements of Teaching Presence and Social Presence along with the construct of Learning Presence to examine Adobe® Forums, Photoshop® for Beginners Forum (PfBF) an internet discussion forum designed to provide support for beginning users of Adobe Photoshop. The researcher collected four days of discussion post data comprising 62 discussion threads for a total of 202 discussion posts. During this initial pilot analysis, the discussion threads were divided into posts created by members who were deemed to be acting as teachers and posts written b... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Williams, Indi Marie (Author) / Gee, Elizabeth (Advisor) / Olaniran, Bolanle (Committee member) / Nelson, Brian (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Educational technology / Instructional design / Multimedia / Community of Inquiry / Informal Learning / Internet Discussion Forum / Social Media / Social Presence / Teaching Presence
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 250 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Educational Technology 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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