MOOCs and the Community of Inquiry
D. Randy Garrison
December 5, 2018
Structured massive open online courses (MOOCs) provide cost-effective access to high quality course materials. This approach to online learning, however, exhibits an inherent limitation in that they are implicitly large enrollment courses with ... Read the full editorial »

Shared Metacognition
D. Randy Garrison
October 23, 2018
If I had to pick an area of research with the greatest potential for understanding thinking and learning in a collaborative setting it would have to be shared metacognition . The primary reason for this is that deep and meaningful learning (ie, ... Read the full editorial »

Validity of CoI
D. Randy Garrison
September 29, 2018
Students have frequently asked me for references that validate the CoI framework and associated survey instrument. My first response was to share the data that I had discussed in the third edition of E-Learning in the 21st Century ; but this ... Read the full editorial »

Learning Analytics and the CoI framework
D. Randy Garrison
September 3, 2018
Advances in learning analytics focused on understanding and shaping the learning environment would seem to have a natural fit with regard to text based online learning transactions? In this regard, Terry Anderson (2017) has suggested that analytics can ... Read the full editorial »

Learning Outcomes and Presences
D. Randy Garrison
July 10, 2018
In this post I will pick-up on the topic of learning outcomes and the CoI framework that I addressed in a previous editorial ( June 19, 2017 Read the full editorial »

Assessment of CoI Revisions
D. Randy Garrison
June 1, 2018
For those interested in the theoretical aspects of the CoI framework let me draw your attention to an inventory and assessment of proposed CoI revisions provided by Kozan and Caskurlu (2018). They review articles that argue for either including new ... Read the full editorial »

Facilitation Responsibilities
D. Randy Garrison
April 26, 2018
Nothing may be more central to the success of a community of inquiry than facilitation. Yes, design is a crucial predicate; however, if design is congruent with the purpose and CoI principles, then the ensuing dynamics are dependent upon the ... Read the full editorial »

Critical Thinking and Social Media: An Argument for Learning Communities
D. Randy Garrison
March 13, 2018
With all the attention focused on "fake news" I began to think about how the principles and processes of the CoI framework might be relevant to this issue. The attached paper (abstract below) is an exploration of the relevance and impact such an approach ... Read the full editorial »
3 replies · Latest 8 months ago by Bernard Kimani

Designing a Community of Inquiry
D. Randy Garrison
January 2, 2018
In this first post of the New Year I will focus on creating an effective community of inquiry. This is the teaching presence responsibility to design a purposeful, collaborative and trusting community of learners. When we turn to the Read the full editorial »
4 replies · Latest 9 months ago by Charanjeet

The Impact of Teaching Presence
D. Randy Garrison
November 27, 2017
I have described teaching presence as the essential element of a community of inquiry that sustains a purposeful collaborative inquiry learning experience. Moreover, research has supported the theoretical claims of the Community of Inquiry (CoI) ... Read the full editorial »

Other Presences?
D. Randy Garrison
October 24, 2017
The focus of this post is an examination of two recent articles that suggest adding a fourth presence within the Community of Inquiry framework. This issue of adding a fourth presence (learner or learning presence) emerged from the work of Shea et al. ... Read the full editorial »

Social Presence and Interdependence
D. Randy Garrison
October 2, 2017
In this post I wish to draw your attention to the violation of one of the basic assumptions of the Community of Inquiry framework. It is my view that some studies do not fully appreciate the theoretical implications of the framework with regard to the ... Read the full editorial »




Bernard Kimani on Critical Thinking and Social Media: An Argument for Learning Communities
8 months ago
Prof, The proliferation of fake news and the continued attempt to silence/demobilize divergent thinking is almost becoming a virus whose effects will hit the world like AIDS. Voices like these need to be raised vouching for intellectual humility that accepts the views of others first even though you do not disagree ...

D. Randy Garrison on Critical Thinking and Social Media: An Argument for Learning Communities
8 months ago
Charanjeet, Thanks for your thoughtful response. Although it certainly applies to all of us, it was precipitated by the craziness of the US political environment. R

Charanjeet on Critical Thinking and Social Media: An Argument for Learning Communities
8 months ago
Thanks Prof. for making a compelling arguement for an urgent need to promote CoI to address "Fake News". I am not sure, though assuming that this post was probably a response to a recent news on BBC, on hate messages sent to mayor of London(UK) using Twitter; In my view, as educators & social researchers, we are ...

Charanjeet on Designing a Community of Inquiry
9 months ago
Many thanks for your reply Prof. Garrison. It is interesting that after submitting my project details for your further advice, I was surprised finding on page 112 of your book: Thinking Collaboratively, Learning in a Community of Inquiry ( 2016) your recommendations about IQT: "This could include asking questions, ...

Norm Vaughan on Designing a Community of Inquiry
10 months ago
Hi Randy, Just to build on your editorial about designing a Community of Inquiry - here is a reference to a paper I wrote a few years ago about this topic in terms of blended and online learning environments. The key for me was a clear alignment between learning outcomes and assessment activities in the design ...

D. Randy Garrison on Designing a Community of Inquiry
10 months ago
Charan, I read your post with some interest. I was not surprised to see that the IQT comments were so high. It certainly speaks to the power of inquiry. BTW I like you phonetic interpretation of inquiry :) I encourage you to continue to explore CP as this goes to the core of the framework. The only caveat I would ...

Charan on Designing a Community of Inquiry
10 months ago
Inspired by Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework when introduced to it in September 2015, at my University, I designed a project. I am struggling better understanding the project and trying to promote if it has some merit. I would appreciate inputs from the CoI to please help me evaluating and possibly implementing ...

D. Randy Garrison on Cognitive Presence and Critical Thinking
1 year ago
Thanks to Jens Breivik for taking the time to respond to my editorial about the cognitive presence construct and critical thinking. Such critical analysis gives me the opportunity to clarify important features of the CoI framework. Jens basic point is that the cognitive presence (CP) construct has weak validity. ...

Jens Breivik on Cognitive Presence and Critical Thinking
1 year ago
Is progress through the phases of an inquiry process a construct-valid operationalization of cognitive presence? First, I would like to thank you for the comments on my article and the opportunity to discuss further the validity of the cognitive presence construct. I agree with D. Randy Garrison that the value of ...

kadir kozan on CoI Relationships
1 year ago
Dr Garrison, Thanks a lot for all those informative comments and I agree completely. Speaking of our work, one critical aspect is that data collection occurred towards the end of (online) semesters thereby mainly telling us about presence relationships at that time. The findings seem to be in line with the dynamic ...
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