Extending the community of inquiry framework to a synchronous instructional approach in a Chinese University

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Abstract

Little research has been conducted to extend the Community of Inquiry framework (Garrison et al., 2000) to teaching an entire course. This paper reports an explorative study of a synchronous online instructional approach to connecting Chinese students at remote locations with those in university campuses for enrichment of their educational experience. The students’ and the instructor’s educational experiences were examined with a qualitative approach. Teaching, social and cognitive presences were contextualised as three interrelated instructional components in a computer-aided engineering drawing course. The results unveil that (1) the CoI framework could be transformed as an online instructional approach; and (2) the facilitation of online inter-group communication was challenging. Implications for understandings of the interrelationship between the instructional components are discussed. Copyright © 2013 American Educational Research Association (AERA 2013).
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013

Citation

Szeto, E. S. Y. (2013, April). Extending the community of inquiry framework to a synchronous instructional approach in a Chinese University. Paper presented at the 94th Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA 2013): Education and Poverty: Theory, Research, Policy and Praxis, Hilton San Francisco Union Square, San Francisco, California.

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