Unit One: Understanding the Learning Community and Online Discourse
Watch the following videos and respond to questions.
Now, read these articles about the Online Learning Community.
- Media:Unit_1-a.pdf "Critical inquiry in a text-based environment: computer conferencing in higher education" (200l) by Garrison, D. R., Anderson, T., & Archer, W.
- Media:Unit_1-b.pdf "Collaborative learning as a collective competence when students use the potential of meaning in asynchronous dialogues" (2009) by Amhag, L. & Jakobsson, A.
In Unit 1, we will read and discuss papers on the topic of learning community and try to make sense of concept in light of recent theories of teaching and learning in online environments.
Participate in the discussion of Community of Inquiry model so that we understand the process of online learning.
Consider the following questions:
1. The Community of Inquiry Model provide the idea that we can create the processes that are important in traditional learning environments in online environments. What are the strengths of the model? What, if anything, is weakness?
2. How do you think these changes in social interaction affect cognitive learning processes and outcomes? What roles does the teacher should play in facilitating a learning community ?
References and Resources
Amhag, L. & Jakobsson, A. (2009). Collaborative learning as a collective competence when students use the potential of meaning in asynchronous dialogues. Computers & Education 52 ,656–667
Anderson, T. D., & Garrison, D. R. (1995). Critical thinking in distance education:Developing critical communities in an audio teleconference context. Higher Education,29, 183 - 199.
Anderson, T., Rourke, L., Garrison, D. R., Archer, W. (2001). Assessing Teaching presence in a Computer Conference Environment, Journal of Distance Education, 14(3), 51-70.
Garrison, D. R., Anderson, T., & Archer, W. (2001). Critical Thinking and Computer Conferencing:A Model and Tool to Assess Cognitive Presence. American Journal of Distance Education
Garrison, D. R., Anderson, T., & Archer, W. (2001). Critical inquiry in a text-based environment: computer conferencing in higher education. The Internet and Higher Education 2(2-3), 87-105
Resnick, M. (1991). Xylophones, Hamsters, and Fireworks: The Role of Diversity in Constructionist Activities. Constructionism, eds. Idit Harel and Seymour Papert.
Rourke, L., Anderson, T. Garrison, D. R., & Archer, W. (2001). Assessing social presence in asynchronous, text-based computer conferencing. Journal of Distance Education, 14(3),50-70.
Lippman, M. (1991). Thinking in Education. Chapter 1. Cambridge University Press.
Vygotsky, L.S. (1978). Mind in Society. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
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