While teaching and delivering your online course, it is important to keep in mind the students' experiences. Below is culmination of research which resulted in a model called the Community of Inquiry (CoI). Researchers who developed the model examined elements that contributed to a successful and satisfying online learning experience. They developed a framework using the concepts of teaching presence, social presence, and content presence. The following outlines the framework from the perspective of the student.
Design & Organization
- The instructor clearly communicated important course topics.
- The instructor clearly communicated important course goals.
- The instructor provided clear instructions on how to participate in course learning activities.
- The instructor clearly communicated important due dates/time frames for learning activities.
- The instructor was helpful in identifying areas of agreement and disagreement on course topics that helped me to learn.
- The instructor was helpful in guiding the class towards understanding course topics in a way that helped me clarify my thinking.
- The instructor helped to keep course participants engaged and participating in productive dialogue.
- The instructor helped keep the course participants on task in a way that helped me to learn.
- The instructor encouraged course participants to explore new concepts in this course.
- Instructor actions reinforced the development of a sense of community among course participants.
- The instructor helped to focus discussion on relevant issues in a way that helped me to learn.
- The instructor provided feedback that helped me understand my strengths and weaknesses.
- The instructor provided feedback in a timely fashion.
- Getting to know other course participants gave me a sense of belonging in the course.
- I was able to form distinct impressions of some course participants.
- Online or web-based communication is an excellent medium for social interaction.
- I felt comfortable conversing through the online medium.
- I felt comfortable participating in the course discussions.
- I felt comfortable interacting with other course participants.
- I felt comfortable disagreeing with other course participants while still maintaining a sense of trust.
- I felt that my point of view was acknowledged by other course participants.
- Online discussions help me to develop a sense of collaboration.
- Problems posed increased my interest in course issues.
- Course activities piqued my curiosity.
- I felt motivated to explore content related questions.
- I utilized a variety of information sources to explore problems posed in this course.
- Brainstorming and finding relevant information helped me resolve content related questions.
- Online discussions were valuable in helping me appreciate different perspectives.
- Combining new information helped me answer questions raised in course activities.
- Learning activities helped me construct explanations/solutions.
- Reflection on course content and discussions helped me understand fundamental concepts in this class.
- I can describe ways to test and apply the knowledge created in this course.
- I have developed solutions to course problems that can be applied in practice.
- I can apply the knowledge created in this course to my work or other non-class related activities.