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Creating a community of inquiry in online environments: An exploratory study on the effect of a protocol on interactions within asynchronous discussions
Zydney, Janet Mannheimer · deNoyelles, Aimee · Seo, Kay Kyeong-Ju

PublishedJanuary 2012
JournalComputers & Education
Volume 58, Issue 1, Pages 77-87
CountryUnited States, North America

ABSTRACT
The purpose of our research was to examine the influence of an online protocol on asynchronous discussions. A mixed-methods study compared two online graduate classes: one that used a protocol and one that did not use a protocol for the same discussion about a complex reading. Analysis of the data revealed that the online protocol more evenly distributed the presence of cognitive, social, and teaching elements necessary to create and sustain an online community of inquiry. Use of the protocol also promoted more shared group cognition and more student ownership of the discussion and empowered students to facilitate themselves, helping to reduce the instructor workload. These findings may enable educators to provide more dynamic interaction and richer learning experiences in asynchronous online environments.

Keywords adult learning · distance education · teaching/learning strategies · post-secondary education

LanguageEnglish
RefereedYes
DOI10.1016/j.compedu.2011.07.009
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