Individual difference in perceptions of social presence: Exploring the role of personality in online distance learning

Joshua Weidlich, K. Kreijns, T.J. Bastiaens

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Abstract

Social presence is a central concept relating to interpersonal aspects in online distance learning. However, the conditions and determinants of its emergence are not yet fully understood. As a construct rooted in social psychology, the potential of individual differences predicting perceptions of social presence
has been largely neglected, thus, constituting a gap in our understanding. In a sample of 201 online distance education students, the merits of a trait-level view of social presence were investigated. To this end, personality was assessed using the Big Five personality inventory, exploring both a dimensional and a typological approach. Results suggest that specific personality typologies may
be more prone to perceptions of social presence, thus calling for an extension of our theoretical modeling of the construct.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3
Pages (from-to)188-201
JournalOpen Education Studies
Volume3
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 9 Oct 2021

Keywords

  • social presence, personality, big five, online distance learning, personality types

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