Category Archives: Interaction

New book

Excited to announce the publication of our new book “Educational Communities of Inquiry: Theoretical Framework, Research and Practice” and my contribution as coauthor! I wrote a chapter entitled Effective Teaching Practices to Foster Vibrant Communities of Inquiry in Synchronous Online … Continue reading

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Online learning future resides in seamless integration of distance students in the university’s regular activities

In today’s world, pretty much every student ends up taking online courses. According to Allen and Seaman (2011), there are over six millions online students (that is, taking at least one online course) in the United States. So how are … Continue reading

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Ensuring quality online learning

In this report shared by Tony Bates, Bill Gates offers his views on ensuring quality online learning: One step that would help is having course standards that break down all of the various things to be learned into a clear … Continue reading

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Using online class time wisely

In a recent talk (Quest 2010), Alec Couros suggested that lectures be put on course websites and class time be used for coaching, which is exactly what I think. It makes so much sense especially at the graduate level where … Continue reading

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The sustainability of online communities

In a metacognitive reflection on her experience in the ECI831 course, Dramateach writes: “I long to take more online courses and continue my interactions long after this course.” As a researcher of online communities, this is of great interest to … Continue reading

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On student’s motivation and engagement

Being a mentor in Alec Couros’ EC&I 831 online course is a wonderful opportunity to observe an open education classroom leveraging the potential of Internet in education. Back in 2008, I also had the opportunity to attend Stephen Downes and … Continue reading

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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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