Community of Inquiry: An Online Teaching Framework

by / Friday, 12 April 2019 / Published in Adult Learning, Collaborate Ultra, Teaching with Technology

As we gradually move to hosting our courses online either as a blended model, independant resources or a mix of synchronous and asynchronous courses, the Community of Inquiry framework (CoI) can offer good pointers and guidance into creating an effective online learning platform where learners and instructors can engage in collaborative and engaging learning activities.

The CoI was borne out of Wenger’s social theory of learning and introduced by Garrison, Anderson and Archer in 2000. It basically states that for meaningful online learning, there should be 3 over-lapping elements of ‘presence’: teaching, social, and cognitive.

Rather than write more on this, I think it is useful to listen to Owen Guthrie from the University of Alaska Fairbanks as he introduces his online course to his students and talks about the Community of Inquiry model. It’s a short 4 minute video but gives a good practical overview.


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