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The following questionnaire has been developed to investigate your perception of social presence and the interactions in online discussions. The questionnaire is used for research purposes only. Your name will not be used in any way.  All responses will be kept confidential and disposed of properly. 

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Name: Age: Gender:

Part I.

  1. How many online courses have you ever taken

Part II.
Please read each statement carefully; then indicate the degree to which you Agree/Disagree with the statement as it relates to your class discussion.

Circle a number from the scale of 1 to 5.

1=strongly disagree

2=disagree

3=uncertain

4=agree

5=strongly agree  

1. Online or web-based education is an excellent medium for social interaction.

                1 2 3 4 5
2. I felt comfortable conversing through this medium. (feelings toward the use of the medium)
                1 2 3 4 5
3. The ¡§Meet Your Classmates¡¨ section enabled me to form a sense of online community.
                1 2 3 4 5
4. I felt comfortable participating in course discussions. (feelings toward the discussions, like topics, content of the discussions)
                1 2 3 4 5
5. I felt comfortable interacting with other participants in the course. (feelings toward the participants)
                1 2 3 4 5

Part III.
Open-ended questions: Please use a few sentences to answer the following questions

  1. Do you feel that you actually "know" some of your classmates in person, even though you only communicated with them through text-based medium? Why or why not?