SLN SOLsummit 2010
February 25, 2010
Phil Ice, Director of Course Design, Research & Development, American Public University System
Using the Community of Inquiry Framework to Assess the Impact of Instructional Design Strategies and New Technologies in Online Courses
This presentation will examine how the efficacy of instructional design components and new online learning technologies can be assessed with indicators of the Community of Inquiry Framework (CoI). The CoI framework has attracted considerable interest and has been used extensively to study and design online educational environments (Garrison & Arbough, 2007). The CoI explains the online learning experience as a function of three overlapping presences – social, cognitive, and teaching. The construct was validated through factor analysis by a multi-institutional team of researchers in 2007 (Swan, Richardson, Ice, Garrison, Cleaveland-Innes & Arbough, 2008), however, many questions remain as to what factors influence the effective projection of each presence. As the model is based on constructivist learning theory, the impact of well designed instruction and pedagogically based application of new technologies should impact the level and quality of interactions probed by the CoI indicators. This session will examine how quantitative and qualitative analysis of course outcomes, using the CoI survey instrument and associated rubrics can be applied to continuous quality improvement from an instructional design perspective. Participants will be provided with instruments, analysis techniques and ideas or application in their own practice.