Presence Pedagogy

I have written about the concept of presence in the online classroom before ( What Makes Online Courses Different – Presence). I came across this interesting article today – Presence Pedagogy:  Teaching and Learning in a 3D Virtual Immersive World


The faculty within Appalachian State University’s Reich College of Education developed a Conceptual Framework.  The following concepts serve as the foundation for this framework:

  • Learning occurs through participation in a Community of Practice;
  • Knowledge is socially constructed and learning is social in nature in a Community of Practice;
  • Learners proceed through stages of development from Novice to Expert under the guidance of more experienced and knowledgeable mentors and among like-minded peers in the Community of Practice;
  • An identifiable knowledge base that is both general in nature and also specific to specialties emerges from focused activity within the Community of Practice;
  • All professional educators develop a set of Dispositions reflecting attitudes, beliefs, and values common to the Community of Practice.

Core Principles of Presence Pedagogy

  • Ask questions and correct misperceptions
  • Stimulate background knowledge and expertise
  • Capitalize on the presence of others
  • Facilitate interactions and encourage community
  • Support distributed cognition
  • Share tools and resources
  • Encourage exploration and discovery
  • Delineate context and goals to act upon
  • Foster reflective practice
  • Utilize technology to achieve and disseminate results