Welcome to Revisiting the Community of Inquiry Framework

Welcome to Revisiting the Community of Inquiry Framework

by Sylvia Currie -
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Welcome to Revisiting the Community of Inquiry Framework.

About this seminar

I'd like to add a personal note about this seminar. Back in 2001, as coordinator for the Global Educators Network, I helped to organize a 4-part Community of Inquiry series, introducing the social, cognitive, and teacher presence theoretical framework by Terry Anderson, Liam Rourke, Randy Garrison, & Walter Archer. Each facilitator took on a topic for one week: critical thinking, content analysis, text-based learning, and teaching presence. The discussions were thought-provoking then (I'll post the archive!), and the work continues to be important today. So here we are, over a decade later, looking back at that conversation and all that has happened in between. On the topic of online discussions, we have a lot to talk about!

Seminar Description: Since its original publication, Garrison, Anderson and Archer’s (2000) “Critical Inquiry in A Text-based Environment: Computer Conferencing in Higher Education” has inspired a great many researchers and advanced our understanding of online learning and online education. In recent years, a number of reviews of the Community of Inquiry framework (CoI) have been published, including, Garrison and Arbaugh’s (2007), Swan and Ice (2010). Cindy Xin, author of a recently-published critique (Xin, 2012) will be with us to explain her argument and, together with Sarah Haavind, facilitate a discussion reconsidering the CoI and its recent reviews and critiques. By provoking new thoughts and possibly constructing new theories and methods, we hope to further our understanding of online discussion in particular, and online education in general.

There is a bit of background reading, but it's optional of course! It is listed in the forum description.

About our facilitators

Both Cindy Xin and Sarah Haavind have facilitated SCoPE seminars in the past:

Cindy: Supporting and Advancing Online Dialogue: May 7-27, 2007

Sarah (with Nancy White): SCoPE Seminar: Informal Learning: May 15 - June 4, 2006

and now they return to facilitate a seminar…together! 

Cindy Xin is an Educational Consultant with Simon Fraser University's Teaching and Learning Centre and Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Education. For the past 15 years she has been involved in research on discourse processes and collaborative inquiries in web-based environments, and the in development of open source technologies to improve online discussion forums.

Sarah Haavind is Associate Professor at Lesley University School of Education in Cambridge Massachusetts. Her dissertation at Harvard Graduate School of Education looked at collaborative dialogue in Virtual High School courses. Sarah is co-author of "Facilitating Online Learning: Effective Strategies for Moderators" (2000, Atwood).

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Sylvia Currie
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