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Facilitating the Community of Inquiry in a Large Online Introductory Astronomy Course
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, , , , The Pennsylvania State University, United States ; , Ewha Womans University, Korea (South) ; , The Pennsylvania State University, United States ; , Sam Houston State University, United States

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-66-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

From the perspective of Garrison, Anderson and Archer (2000)’s Community of Inquiry framework, it is important that online learning facilitates social presence, teaching presence and cognitive presence in order to bring about meaningful learning. This may help online students feel less isolated, more engaged and motivated, and able to learn more meaningfully. However, it is not a simple task for online instructors to design online course activities that facilitate a community of inquiry. This paper looks at the relationship between the extent to which a large online introductory astronomy course supports a community of inquiry and students’ motivation towards the instructional materials as well as course performance. We also present implications and suggestions for facilitating the community of inquiry in this course, including how different existing online course activities may contribute to social presence, teaching presence and cognitive presence or can be redesigned to enhance these aspects.

Citation

Nguyen, H., Kapli, N., Ching, Y.h., Albayrak Dileo, M., Lim, K.Y., Grabowski, B. & Miller, S. (2008). Facilitating the Community of Inquiry in a Large Online Introductory Astronomy Course. In C. Bonk, M. Lee & T. Reynolds (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2008--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 3034-3039). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved February 21, 2020 from .

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