Teachers' embodied presence in online teaching practices
2016 (English)In: Studies in Continuing Education, ISSN 0158-037X, E-ISSN 1470-126X, Vol. 38, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study aims to examine teachers’ embodiments online. The analysis is based ononline ethnographic data from two online courses in higher education settings usingdifferent information and communication technologies. The perspective of practicetheory and the concepts of being a body, having a body and the instrumental body wereused to analyse how teachers step into an embodied presence. The embodied presencedepends on both teacher judgements and what the technology offers. The finding addsto the understanding of the concept of teacher presence online, in showing that teacherembodiment occurs online and furthermore that the body could be understood asmultiple. The result also shows how online and offline bodies hang together,actualising the offline body in the online setting, which in turn raises questions onthe dualism of online and offline. Teachers also deliberately used their embodimentsand bodily traces online in order to sustain presence and to bring about certain teachingpractices. Their bodily positioning signalled what kind of teaching that would takeplace. A deliberate positioning of the online body in a virtual world also helped toreduce the complexity of the arrangements for the students.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2016. Vol. 38, no 1
teacher embodiment, teaching practices, sociomaterial, online ethnography, higher education
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-112886DOI: 10.1080/0158037X.2014.988701ISI: 000370629900001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-112886DiVA: diva2:773381