THE COMMUNITY OF INQUIRY
A CoI FOR THE CoI
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LATEST EDITORIAL
D. Randy Garrison
November 27, 2017

I have described teaching presence as the essential element of a community of inquiry that sustains a purposeful collaborative inquiry learning experience. Moreover, research has supported the theoretical claims of the Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework. From this perspective my goal here is to highlight and comment on recent evidence in support of the essential role of teaching presence in a CoI.

The first research article is conclusive with regard to the positive impact of teaching presence "on learners' constructive and interactive engagement behaviors" (Zhang et al., 2016, p. 896). This is consistent with previous research and theoretical constructs with regard to the central role played by teaching presence (TP) (Garrison, 2017). Furthermore, their findings demonstrated enhanced communication and the construction of new knowledge beyond the explicit learning materials made possible through a community of inquiry. This adds additional evidence to the power of a CoI to achieve deep and meaningful learning processes and outcomes. Another recent article found that TP affected the degree of connectivity in a CoI (Chuang et al., 2016). They also concluded that TP may positively affect SP and CP.
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The Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing identified a current trend in higher education, and in nursing programs at OHSU specifically: pressure to provide high quality online and hybrid programs and courses to students in our graduate and undergraduate programs.  Twenty-seven percent of Masters Programs in US schools of nursing offer courses online (Brooks & Morse, 2015) as do the majority of RN-BS programs. Further, a growing number of RN to MSN programs are also finding new homes online (AACN, 2015). These numbers are increasing based in part on the call from the IOM (2011) to increase BSN prepared nurses and to practice at the full extent of their license. Despite this growing demand and need for online programs that allow current RNs to further their education (undergraduate and graduate), faculty development in this rapidly expanding teaching modality is often limited. Faculty teaching in these online and hybrid courses need training in designing and delivering effective high quality online learning environments (Lloyd, Byrne, & McCoy, 2012).

A faculty development initiative to obtain expert training and consultation for faculty development in a well-researched framework called Community of Inquiry (CoI) ensued. ...

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Sarah Hyde
Joined December 14, 2017
Charles Sturt University, Australia


Todd J. B. Blayone
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Todd's mixed-methods, interventionist, collaborative-development research explores transformative, digitally-supported activity systems in


Tim Oftebro
Joined December 4, 2017
Moberly Elementary School, Canada


Stella Porto
Joined December 1, 2017
Inter-American Development Bank, United States


The Impact of Teaching Presence
D. Randy Garrison
November 27, 2017
I have described teaching presence as the essential element of a community of inquiry that sustains a purposeful collaborative inquiry learning experience. Moreover, research has


Antoinette Wentworth
Joined November 20, 2017
Coordinator: Educational Technology, Namibia University of Science and Technology, Namibia


Other Presences?
D. Randy Garrison
October 24, 2017
The focus of this post is an examination of two recent articles that suggest adding a fourth presence within the Community of Inquiry framework. This issue of adding a fourth


Social Presence and Interdependence
D. Randy Garrison
October 2, 2017
In this post I wish to draw your attention to the violation of one of the basic assumptions of the Community of Inquiry framework. It is my view that some studies do not fully


Cognitive Presence and Critical Thinking
D. Randy Garrison
September 5, 2017
I would like to continue my consideration of cognition in a community of inquiry with an examination of the foundational literature associated with critical thinking. A recent


iMOOCs and Learning to Learn Online
Martha Cleveland-Innes, Nathaniel Ostashewski, Dan Wilton
August 25, 2017
Athabasca University is known for its leadership and innovation in


Cognitive Presence in a CoI
D. Randy Garrison
July 31, 2017
The focus of the Community of Inquiry framework is thinking and learning collaboratively. At the heart of this shared learning experience is the cognitive presence construct which


Faculty development and the Community of Inquiry at Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing
Martha Cleveland-Innes
July 2, 2017
The Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing identified a current trend in higher education, and in nursing programs at OHSU specifically: pressure to provide high


Layering the Community of Inquiry Framework with Signature Pedagogies
Barb Brown, Sarah E. Eaton, Meadow Schroeder, Jennifer Macdonald
June 21, 2017
How do online synchronous sessions support student learning in professional graduate programs where students are engaging in research active opportunities


Best Practices in Blended Learning: Developing a Community of Professors and Students through Bricks and Clicks
Shehzad Ghani, Dr. Maurice Taylor, Sait Atas, Michael Fairbrother
June 13, 2017
The scope of the project is to better understand how university professors can improve the quality of learning, teaching and the student experience through the development and


Supporting Discourse using Technology-Mediated Communication: The Community of Inquiry Model in Second Level Education
Adrian O'Connor, Niall Seery, Donal Canty
May 18, 2017
In Ireland, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) reported that in 2012, 98% of 15-year-old pupils have at least one computer at home, but only 64%
The Community of Inquiry is a project of the Centre for Distance Education at Athabasca University, researchers of the Community of Inquiry framework, and members of the CoI community.