Category Archives: Socioconstructivism

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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Great references on synchronous online learning (webconferencing)

I am just taking a moment to share these good readings on synchronous online learning (webconferencing) as a way of engaging students and fostering communities of inquiry. Chen, N.-S., Ko, H.-C., Kinshuk, Lin, T. (2005). A model for synchronous learning … 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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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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BOLD faculty members needed for doctoral research

A quick tweet posted last night generated a lot of interest and retweets, thanks to my awesome network. I am taking this opportunity to provide further details on my research and my research criteria. My qualitative research involves developing a … Continue reading

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The foundation of a vibrant learning community

As an online educator, I am a strong proponent of teaching students basic interaction and collaboration skills. As is the case with teamwork, we expect them to perform but are guilty of assuming that they have the required know-how. Can … Continue reading

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