Communities of Inquiry and Communities of Practice Prepared by Carla Piper, Ed. D. For EDUU566
Community … community means meaningful association, association based on common interest and endeavor. The essence of community is communication … (John Dewey) Community of Inquiry Framework
… university is derived from the Latin universitas magistrorum et scholarium , roughly meaning "community of masters and scholars ”.
Inquiry Is problem or question driven Typically has a small-group feature Includes critical discourse Is frequently multi-disciplinary Community of Inquiry Framework
Incorporates research methods
Community of Inquiry Community of Inquiry Framework
The importance of a community of inquiry is that, while the objective of critical reflection is intellectual autonomy, in reality, critical reflection is “thoroughly social and communal”.
Community of Inquiry Graphic Educational Experience Social Presence Cognitive Presence Teaching Presence Structure/Process Supporting Discourse Setting Climate Selecting Content Blended Learning in Higher Education D. Randy Garrison and Norman D. Vaughan (2008)
Social Presence Community of Inquiry Framework
Social presence is defined here as the ability of participants to project themselves purposefully and socially within a community of inquiry.
Cognitive Presence Extent to which participants critically reflect , (re)construct meaning, and engage in discourse for the purpose of sharing meaning and confirming understanding. Community of Inquiry Framework
Cognitive presence is defined as the exploration, construction, resolution and confirmation of understanding through collaboration and reflection in a community of inquiry. (Garrison, 2007)
Teaching Presence Community of Inquiry Framework
The design, facilitation, and direction of cognitive and social processes for the purpose of realizing personally meaningful and educationally worthwhile learning outcomes.
Elements in an Online Course Open communication - enabling risk-free expression Group cohesion - encouraging collaboration Affective/personal – expressing emotions, camaraderie Triggering event - having sense of puzzlement Exploration - exchanging information Integration - connecting ideas Resolution - applying new ideas Design and organization - setting curriculum and methods Facilitation of discourse - sharing personal meaning Garrison & Vaughan, 2008
Direct instruction - focusing discussion
Example Indicators Learning climate/risk-free expression Group identity/collaboration Self projection/expressing emotions Setting curriculum & methods Shaping constructive exchange Communities of Inquiry
Focusing and resolving issues
Community of Inquiry Coding Template Communities of Inquiry Element Categories Indicators Social Presence Open communication Group cohesion Affective/personal Learning climate/risk-free expression Group identity collaboration Self projection expressing emotions Cognitive Presence Triggering event Exploration Integration Resolution Sense of puzzlement Information exchange Connecting ideas Applying new ideas Teaching Presence Design and organization Facilitation of discourse Direct instruction Setting curriculum & methods Shaping constructive exchange Focusing and resolving issues
Practical Inquiry Model Garrison & Archer (2000)
Communities of Practice Etienne Wenger
“ Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.”
Communities of Practice in Education Internally: How to organize educational experiences that ground school learning in practice through participation in communities around subject matters? Externally: How to connect the experience of students to actual practice through peripheral forms of participation in broader communities beyond the walls of the school? Etienne Wenger
Over the lifetime of students: How to serve the lifelong learning needs of students by organizing communities of practice focused on topics of continuing interest to students beyond the initial schooling period?
Examples Adapted from Wenger Problem solving - "Can we work on this design and brainstorm some ideas; I’m stuck.“ Requests for information - "Where can I find the code to connect to the server?“ Seeking experience - "Has anyone dealt with a student in this situation?“ http://www.ewenger.com/theory/
Reusing assets - "I have a tutorial for PowerPoint that I wrote for a class last year. I can send it to you and you can easily tweak it for your class.”
More Examples Adapted from Wenger Discussing developments - "What do you think of the online concept map program? Does it really help?“ Documentation projects - "We have faced this problem five times now. Let us write it down once and for all.“ http://www.ewenger.com/theory/
Mapping knowledge and identifying gaps - "Who knows what, and what are we missing? What other groups should we connect with?"
Cultivating Communities of Practice Start-Up Guide Click to view map!
Maximizing Student Engagement Individualize and customize the learning process for each student Learning can be more relevant and applicable to real life. (Reynard, 2003)
Students can progress through a course of study "in an ongoing dynamic process of learning relies upon a variety of inputs, learning supports (scaffolds), and interaction."
Developing Dynamic Learning Environments Need to create a dynamic learning environment Heighten interaction at all levels and keep students engaged in the process through self-direction and response (Reynard, 2003)
Students are free to explore, interact with, comment on, modify, and apply the set content and additional content they discover or create through the learning process
Self Directed Learning Throughout the process of exchange, content is worked on and applied by the learner. The more varied the inputs, the more likely that students will engage with content more effectively. Research shows that students look for teacher intervention more directly in an online environment than in a face to face environment (Reynard, 2003)
When learning is self-directed, students know exactly when they need the instructor and why."
Resources Communities of Inquiry - http://communitiesofinquiry.com/ Communities of Inquiry Survey - http://communitiesofinquiry.com/methodology Communities of Practice - http://www.ewenger.com/theory/index.htm Community of Inquiry Framework - http://communitiesofinquiry.com/files/Sloan%20CoI%20Orlando%2007.pdf Presentation - http://communitiesofinquiry.com/files/CNIE_CoI_2008_Survey.pdf Click for Concept Map – Communities of Inquiry
Reynard, R. (2003). Maximizing Student Engagement - http://campustechnology.com/articles/2007/05/hybrid-learning-maximizing-student-engagement.aspx