Social Presence Theory

Social Presence Theory argues that online presence is disrupting how people connect as it doesn't have the same features of being physically present. Visual and verbal cues such as physical distance, gaze, posture, facial expressions, and voice intonations are missed on video conferencing.


My objective is to look at these aspects and emphasise them within the interventions conducted in Sri Lanka (as I have an opportunity in Sri Lanka to conduct physical interventions that I won't have back in England), and see how they would contribute to creating a positive interaction between two parties.




Gunawardena, C.N. (1995). Social Presence Theory and Implications for Interaction and Collaborative Learning in Computer Conferences. International Journal of Educational Telecommunications, 1(2), 147-166. Charlottesville, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved August 08, 2022 from https://www.learntechlib.org/primary/p/15156/.

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