As part of a faculty committee at my school, I have been tasked with studying the Community of Inquiry concept developed by Garrison, Anderson, and Archer, which studied the role of three key areas in the development of students in the online or computer mediated model of education. Their seminal study, which ran from 1997-2001, identifies cognitive presence (the extent to which a student uses his or her critical thinking skills to internalize concepts), social presence (the extent to which students identify as individuals and as members of a community), and teaching presence (the teacher’s role in learners’ development as well as teacher participation) as three areas that are key to a successful educational community of inquiry. I am reading the study that began this community of inquiry in preparation for sharing this worthwhile model with colleagues. I find the interplay between the three areas to be worth further analysis, particularly how these three areas function to help create lasting learning for students.
Check out the community of inquiry model here (I am cooking up a version for my presentation Thursday)!