The Human Element MOOC: An Experiment in Social Presence

Kilgore, W., & Lowenthal, P. R. (2015). The Human Element MOOC: An experiment in social presence. In R. D. Wright (Ed.), Student-teacher interaction in online learning environments (pp. 373-391). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.


The Human Element Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the Canvas open network was designed to be a connectivist experience exploring methods for humanization of online education. This MOOC introduced and discussed methods that faculty could adopt in order to potentially increase instructor presence, social presence, and cognitive presence within their own online courses. The design of the MOOC and the learners’ perceptions of social presence after taking part in this MOOC are discussed in this chapter.

Keywords: MOOC, Social Presence, Teaching Presence, Cognitive Presence, Community of Inquiry, Online Learning

Preprint: Preprint of the article (PDF)
Final version: Final version published in 2015