This article from “Research in Learning Technology” concludes “it depends”.
There seems to be four schools of thought:
- I need to see profile information and photos to feel connected to other people.
- I’d rather not have photos and give away personal information as I’m worried about my own privacy.
- I can interact with the individual postings and topics – who posts them isn’t relevant.
- I don’t see why photos and profiles are needed.
Full journal article here: Social presence in online learning communities: the role of personal profiles
Research in Learning Technology – Print ISSN 2156-7069; Online ISSN: 2156-7077This journal is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC-BY 4.0) License.