Monthly Archives: September 2010

Online learning in real time

Last night, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Dr Alec Couros’ online class (on social media and open ed #eci831) on Elluminate. About twenty graduate students and their mentors, some joining in from as far as Egypt and Mexico … Continue reading

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Are blended universities “online graduate student-centered”?

I am a lucky doctoral student. Very lucky. The day I decided to embark on this crazy journey, all the puzzle pieces fell in place at once. Thanks to a generous SSRHC grant, I was able to resign from my … Continue reading

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Asynchronous or synchronous online learning? All of the above!!!

I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to complete all my graduate studies at a distance. I’ve seen(been) it all, from the self-paced learner flipping book pages to the distance learner in asynchronous mode to the virtual learner in synchronous mode. I … Continue reading

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A presence measurement tool in virtual classrooms

Having defined what the Community of Inquiry is, we can better appreciate its contribution to online learning. Let’s explore a useful tool to assess presence in online learning: the Community of Inquiry Survey Tool, a 34-item instruments validated by several … Continue reading

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The Community of Inquiry framework

A key aspect of online learning is the provision of a learning climate conducive to meaningful discussions where learners can negotiate and validate their ideas in a risk-free environment. The Community of Inquiry framework “identifies the elements that are crucial prerequisites … Continue reading

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An overview of my research

Over the past decade, phenomenal advances have been made in the application of communication and information technologies to support student learning in higher education. Yet, in proportion to overall provision of higher education, the use of technology for online learning … Continue reading

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Complexity, not contradictions

The multiple aspects of online learning speak of its complexity and should not be seen as contradictory.  When doing research, one must remember that students can only provide insight based on their own experience. They don’t necessarily know “what’s out … Continue reading

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