A framework for a development of online learning communities

Zoraini Wati Abas, and Mansor Fadzil, (2008) A framework for a development of online learning communities. In: 8th Annual SEAAIR Conference , 6-8 November 2008, Surabaya, Indonesia.

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Online learning communities are often part and parcel of blended learning pedagogies in both traditional and distance learning institutions to enhance learning. One of the popular models to help create these communities is the Community of Inquiry (CoI) model, designed to help learners become engaged with their course mates and tutors online. The goal is to create a community where learners collaboratively construct meaningful knowledge. It is believed that the three types of presence (cognitive, social and teaching) specified in the model will create an appropriate environment for more matured open distance learners. The CoI model was selected for a study at the Open University Malaysia (OUM) to determine the effectiveness of its current online learning implementation. Forums from 20 courses were analysed by a group of academicians. At the end of the study, it was believed that the CoI model could be used as a framework to implement its online learning, particularly in developing a community of learners as a means to enhance their understanding of the subject matter. Following the acceptance by the OUM academic board, the CoI model was introduced during the recent tutor training. (Authors' abstract)

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Community of Inquiry (CoI) ; Online learning communities
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Depositing User: Shahril Effendi Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2010 00:07
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2011 00:37
URI: http://library.oum.edu.my/repository/id/eprint/394

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