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Jesse Ireland · opened 1 month ago
Hello Everyone,

I help lead professional development for online learning and using our LMS (Canvas) at our K - 12 school district. We have two schools that are fully online and use Canvas to provide instruction to students. Previously we have gone over with them the facets of the Community of Inquiry Framework but was wondering if there were seminars, online courses, or other professional learning opportunities that we could direct them towards for a deeper dive into the framework. Any resources, suggestions, or thoughts others have would be greatly appreciated.
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Stefan Stenbom · 1 month ago
Dear Jesse,

Thank you for your question.

As a matter of fact, we hope that this website will become one of those resources in the future. Also, the Commonwealth of Learning and Athabasca University will offer a new MOOC about CoI next March, which I think may be of interest to you. For more info, please visit https://www.dcoimooc.org/

Also, we are currently writing a new book for CoI practitioners about designing and delivering courses that will likely be available early next year. When the book is closer to publication, we will post more information on the website.

I hope that this helps you further!

Stefan
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Jesse Ireland · 1 month ago
Hi Stefan,

That information was very helpful. I took a look at the course you mentioned and I think that will be a great resource. I was wondering if the course would be available after the April date or it would be closed off? We will have new teachers that will be need be onboarded past that date and was thinking this would be a good resource for them as well.

For those who take the course will there be resources or reference docs that they could use / download as they take the course?

Are there short (30 minutes or less) good videos out there that provide an introduction to the framework?

Thanks for your time and insights. I can't wait for the book.
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Dan Wilton · 1 month ago
Your teachers are welcome to register in DCOI up to the final day of the MOOC, April 15, 2023. After that date, however, registration will be closed.

The MOOC will have a weekly schedule of topics, but the materials and discussions from earlier weeks remain open, and late arrivals can catch up. Anyone who registers by April 15 will also have read-only access to the materials after that date - so if you can get your teachers to register by then, they will at least have that read-only access.

Although the specific readings and other materials are still being finalized, the focus will be on open access materials available for download and sharing.
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