This interactive web-site is designed to collect published research about the Community of Inquiry and discuss these publications with interested researchers and practitioners. We hope to create a community of inquiry about the Community of Inquiry framework! This website also incorporates a Community of Inquiry multi-author blog for editorials and active research projects.
The Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework theory, methodology and instruments were developed during a Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities research funded project entitled “A Study of the Characteristics and Qualities of Text-Based Computer Conferencing for Educational Purposes” project which ran from 1997 to 2001. Central to the original study was the creation of a model of a community of inquiry comprised of three essential elements of an educational experience:
1. Cognitive Presence
2. Social Presence
3. Teaching Presence
Type of Material:
This website provides quick access to the growing collection of CoI resources such as books, published articles, measurement instruments, dissertations, interest groups, discussion forums, presentations, related links, wikis, and blogs by active CoI researchers, including Drs. Garrison, Cleveland-Innes, Vaughan, Koole, and others. For CoI researchers, this site is a place to share findings and discuss. For others, including instructors, professionals aiding in the design of online or blended courses, it is a place to learn about the CoI model and research findings to date. If you wish to become an contributing member of this community, you are invited to register to share your own research and contribute to the collections archived on this site. Non-members are most welcome to view models, references, resources, and links on this website and contact the community by email.
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Identify Major Learning Goals:
Activity and discussion on this site focuses on sharing empirical evidence, practice implications, and use of the framework for faculty development and course (re)design. The aim is to offer the opportunity for continuous discussion about the Community of Inquiry framework by researchers and practitioners committed to the explication and implementation of inquiry-based practice in the development of online and blended learning communities. This site provides a central repository for the many publications related to the Community of Inquiry as well as tools for discussion and now blogging for researchers and others interested in using the framework.
Target Student Population:
CoI researchers, professionals and any higher ed faculty and TA's interested in learning about and improving the effectiveness of blended and online courses. This resource may also be used by primary and secondary school teachers.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
An interest in and basic knowledge of teaching, learning, and relevant research.
The content quality of this resource is outstanding. It presents valid and accurate concepts, models, and skills that educationally significant for teaching with technology. It is complete in scope and ready for immediate use. Where appropriate, valid and accurate references, bibliographies and other supporting material, especially researched-based, are provided. The COI website includes an extensive set of resources related to the model, including books, published articles, presentations, dissertations, measurement instruments, discussion forums, and blogs, all as copyright permits.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The website gives a clear articulation of the purpose and goals of the resource. The user will be able to effectively achieve these goals. Compared to other methods of teaching support and evidence-based practices, this resource is just as effective or better. The content level is appropriate for higher education instructors. The resource has visual appeal and prompts the user to go further. It promotes creative use beyond the site while intriguing the user intellectually. It is innovative, new, and original. It is interactive it does so effectively by supporting community interaction. It provides effective introductions, overviews and summaries when applicable. It allows for connections to community. There is a mechanism for contacting the author of the site for consultation/questions. The value of this site lies not only in its subject matter, which is a validated model for both designing effective and measuring the effectiveness of online learning, but also in the comprehensive collection of the germane research, in the support for researchers to communicate and learn from one another, and in those who are not researchers but nevertheless interested to maintain currency in the area.
There seems to be little research on the effectiveness of the COI framework in regard to users who adapt and experiment with ideas in their own disciplines.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This resource presents the information clearly and arranged in an orderly fashion.
The information is well organized and logically ordered. The content level is appropriate for the expertise level of the intended audience. This resource presents information in ways that are familiar for the intended audience and that would be attractive to the intended audience. The website is clearly designed with no distracting design elements. The site is well organized, does not have unusual technology requirements, and offers materials of interest for both novices in CoI as well as active researchers.
Not a significant concern but recommendation that the Flash objective visually representing the CoI be converted to HTML 5.
Other Issues and Comments:
Under the header entitled CIDER Community of Inquiry Webinars the following sentence needs to have the date 2015-2016 either updated or simply removed to be more current: Visit the CIDER website to view archived recordings of these and to view the upcoming 2015-2016 CIDER presentations.
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