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Designing a Community of Inquiry in Online Courses
Flock, Holly

PublishedJanuary 2020
JournalInternational Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning
Volume 21, Issue 1, Pages 135-153
CountryUnited States, North America

ABSTRACT
This article describes a practical approach for implementing instructional strategies in order to build a Community of Inquiry (CoI) into an online course. Online community building has positive effects on the quality of student learning, increases student engagement, and encourages motivation of students in online courses. The CoI is a theoretical framework focusing on facilitating meaningful learning experiences through three presences: cognitive presence, social presence, and teaching presence. This article will introduce the CoI framework by way of literature review focusing on CoI instructional strategies. Using Sorensen and Baylen’s (2009) seven principles of good practice, the author will structure CoI instructional activities into presence categories for practitioner use.

Keywords online learning · instructional strategies · sense of community · collaborative learning · distance education · community of inquiry

CoI focusFull model
MethodologyLiterature review
Study designPractical program description
ContributionPractical
LanguageEnglish
ISSN1492-3831
RefereedYes
RightsCC BY
DOI10.19173/irrodl.v20i5.3985
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