1st Edition

Pedagogy of Tele-Proximity for eLearning Bridging the Distance with Social Physics

By Chryssa Themelis Copyright 2023
    198 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    198 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines networked science and the pedagogy of tele-proximity, a paradigm that integrates eLearning theories, information technology, and visual media competencies.

    The book conceptualises the idea of tele-proximity as a means to foster diversity and human-to-human contact online. It uses the lens of Social Physics and considers how to bridge the distance in eLearning, examining social connections, collective intelligence, and personal well-being. The book draws on qualitative and quantitative research in higher education to form fine-tuned eLearning networks that achieve demosophia, the core of democracy. It charts the progress of technology-enhanced learning approaches and shows the need for a sound pedagogical framework that is holistic and sustainable to promote mindful presence.

    Contributing to the literature on eLearning, this timely book will be of great interest to educational philosophers, policymakers, educators, researchers, and students in the field of distance education.



    1: Reflections on new normality and quality education

    2: Social Physics and Networked Learning – The theoretical foundation of tele-proximity pedagogy

    3: Transmedia presence – Layers of embodiment in online ecologies

    4: Pedagogy as a life-long journey

    5: The charismatic connector- Tele-teacher presence (TTP) in eLearning courses

    6: The flow of ideas – Tele-cognitive presence (TCP) in eLearning courses

    7: Tele-social presence (TSP): Connected for eLearning

    8: Tele-proximity pedagogy (TPP): Holistic and sustainable Social Physics for eLearning

    9: Tele-proximity pedagogy for digital well-being

    10: Manifesto for humane technology – The eLearning renaissance



    Chryssa Themelis is an educational researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway. Her research involves technology-enhanced learning and digital innovation.