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When it builds on its communicative and interactive features
When there is a dynamic integration of content and context
When a supportive Community of Inquiry is operating
When at its core is a collaborative constructive transaction
With focused, motivated learners
If tools are user friendly and suit both learners and instructors
When multimedia is used
When barriers to use are minimised
Key points to consider
Community of Inquiry Cognitive Presence is the extent to which learners are able to construct and confirm meaning through sustained reflection and discourse
Community of Inquiry Social presence is the ability of participants to identify with the community (e.g., course of study), communicate purposefully in a trusting environment, and develop inter-personal relationships by way of projecting their individual personalities.
Community of Inquiry Teaching Presence is the design, facilitation, and direction of cognitive and social processes for the purpose of realizing personally meaningful and educationally worthwhile learning outcomes
1: Lectures 3: Tutorials 2: Practicals 4: Pilot Plant Project Summary Pre-recorded Powerpoint Recordings of keynotes Screencast with audio narrative Interactive simulations Video with written descriptions Formative MCQs Group or one to one tutorial on Skype or Wimba Readings from eLibrary Collaborative learning Email Video conferencing Blogging Discussion Boards
Conclusions “ The challenge is to design and create a context ( teaching presence) with appropriate levels of social presence, which is congruent with the content and the reinforcement of the educational goals that will enhance cognitive presence and the realisation of higher order learning outcomes.” Garrison and Anderson, 2003