A comparison of online communities of inquiry
Shenifa Moledina Taite, The Florida State University, United States
The Florida State University . Awarded
As microblogging tools like Twitter and now Yammer become more prevalent, and as students from the Millennial generation continue to increase their enrollment in online courses, instructors and instructional designers need more information about how the technology their students have become accustomed to, affects the online learning experience. This research examined the degree and patterns of cognitive, teaching and social presence established by medical students, as a community of inquiry, using a social network tool for course-related interaction. A computer mediated discourse analysis of interactions as they relate to Shea et al. (2010) assessment of Community of Inquiry framework provided empirical evidence of differences between and among two groups of students as they interact in Summer Clinical Practicum. The analysis revealed a significant difference in learner-learner interactions and social presence between those who primarily used a learning management system and those who used the microblogging tool, Yammer.
Taite, S.M. A comparison of online communities of inquiry. Ph.D. thesis, The Florida State University.
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