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Humorous Presence in Online Learning: A Useful Tool for Combating Boredom and Boosting Engagement

Humorous Presence in Online Learning: A Useful Tool for Combating Boredom and Boosting Engagement
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Author(s): Gary Ritter (Central Piedmont Community College, USA)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 10
Source title: Education 3.0 and eLearning Across Modalities
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Jeff D. Borden (Institute for Inter-Connected Education, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-8032-5.ch005

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Abstract

Online learning is an established and growing segment of higher education. Instructors, instructional designers, and leadership should focus on establishing instructor and social presence to overcome student feelings of isolation and boredom which can lead to disengagement and have negative effects on learning. The use of humor is an effective tool to combine with instructor presence to help improve student engagement, satisfaction, and memory retention. This chapter will review recent literature on the subjects of instructor presence, boredom, and humor and make recommendations for its use.

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