CoI and Learning Outcomes
D. Randy Garrison
June 19, 2017
The topic of this post is to explore the issue of learning outcomes and the Community of Inquiry framework. This is significant and interesting in that the CoI framework is not based on outcomes directly but instead the process of practical inquiry and ... Read the full editorial »

CoI Relationships
D. Randy Garrison
May 25, 2017
Kadir Kozan (2016) provides us with a significant piece of research that provides important insights with regard to the relationships between and among the presences of the CoI framework. This research builds Read the full editorial »
1 reply · Latest 4 weeks ago by kadir

Confirmation Bias and Fake News
D. Randy Garrison
April 3, 2017
Our goal with this Blog is to raise ideas and attempt to resolve issues associated with thinking and learning collaboratively in a purposeful community of inquiry. I would like to initiate this Blog with a discussion on the topic of confirmation ... Read the full editorial »
7 replies · Latest 4 weeks ago by D. Randy Garrison


D. Randy Garrison
EDITOR · Professor Emeritus · University of Calgary · Canada
Writes on concurrent influences, confirmation bias, causal relationships, presences, evidence, learning outcomes
· CoI and Learning Outcomes · June 19, 2017
· CoI Relationships · May 25, 2017
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kadir on CoI Relationships
4 weeks ago
Dr Garrison, Thanks a lot for all those informative comments and I agree completely. Speaking of our work, one critical aspect is that data collection occurred towards the end of (online) semesters thereby mainly telling us about presence relationships at that time. The findings seem to be in line with the dynamic ...

D. Randy Garrison on Confirmation Bias and Fake News
4 weeks ago
Thinking and learning collaboratively is both a great benefit and challenge. The CoI framework addresses the benefits of discourse to test ideas as well as the means to introduce new lines of inquiry (divergent thinking). Notwithstanding that the dynamic of a CoI is focused on an educational environment, the critical ...

Lisa Marie Blaschke on Confirmation Bias and Fake News
1 month ago
Susan, I really like your approaches to establishing a bond of empathy and trust with students, and I try to do much the same with my students, especially relying on student profiles as a basis for understanding and interacting with students and assessing their work. The individual Skype call is an approach I have not ...

kadir on Confirmation Bias and Fake News
1 month ago
thank you all for all these valuable insights....All these points reminded me of 3 things I used in one of my grad courses this semester: 1) Few stunning paragraphs from the following website: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/opinion/sunday/why-we-believe-obvious-untruths.html?_r=0 "What really sets human ...

Tanya Beran on Confirmation Bias and Fake News
1 month ago
Thank you Randy and Norm for the invitation to post to this blog. Conformity research and its related topics – confirmation bias, group think, social pressure, and on and on – continue to surprise us. Even with 60 years’ worth of publications it is still incredible to think that our reasoning is not objective, ...

D. Randy Garrison on Confirmation Bias and Fake News
1 month ago
Excellent re creating the conditions and expectations for a CoI. The subsequent challenge, however, is to judge when and how to engage that encourages participants to assume increased responsibility to monitor and manage the discourse. This is what I have referred to as shared ...

Susan Bainbridge on Confirmation Bias and Fake News
1 month ago
“What do instructors have to do to encourage and validate this kind of dialogue?” In a forum, as the instructor, I need students to ‘talk back’. I want them to question course readings and to thoughtfully offer alternative viewpoints. Before we can create such dialogue we need to know each of them personally ...

Martha Cleveland-Innes on Confirmation Bias and Fake News
1 month ago
Thanks so much for this, Randy! I couldn't agree more and, particularly in light of recent events in the US, feel an increased commitment to help my students check and double check what they are hearing and thinking. This can be difficult in a well-developed CoI where keeping community members 'safe' may limit this ...
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