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The Influence of Instructor Propinquity
This roundtable discussion will explore the influence of instructor proximity to students during experiential learning activities in the higher education classroom. The goal is to understanding how educators can guide students in experiential activities, knowing that our very presence affects student learning and behavior. The effects may prevent distractions, limit contributions from students who lack confidence, or may promote question asking, participation, or risk-taking. By first discussing these effects in face-to-face classroom activities, the participants can then explore how the online medium mitigates or exacerbates the influence of instructor presence (physical propinquity or eye contact) on student behavior and learning.