Cognitive Presence in Online Discussion Forums
Online teaching requires a lot of written communication by both students and faculty. Using the Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework we can learn to new ways to interpret discussion forum exchanges and individual messages. The level of cognitive presence is linked to the health of an online community. In this session, we will consider different interpretations of online community health via discussion forums and how instructors can play a role to improve the CoI. We will consider the long held belief that higher order thinking is always the goal by applying a new metaphor for evaluating the health of a discussion forum.
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