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Educ. Sci. 2014, 4(2), 172-192; doi:10.3390/educsci4020172
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"E-tivities from the Front Line”: A Community of Inquiry Case Study Analysis of Educators’ Blog Posts on the Topic of Designing and Delivering Online Learning

Received: 5 February 2014; Accepted: 7 April 2014 / Published: 22 April 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue eLearning: Exploring Digital Futures in the 21st Century)
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Abstract: Designing and implementing successful online learning has been at the forefront of institutional agendas since digital learning increased in market demand over the last decade. However there is still ongoing debate as to the “how” of this arduous task. The Community of Inquiry (CoI) is one learning design method that has seen potential in the field, but practical implementation of designing for the important components of Social, Cognitive and Teaching Presence have yet to be fully realised. This paper researches an e-learning design strategy called E-tivities as a suggested possible method for designing for CoI components. The research explored recent online blog posts of experienced learning designers’ and educators’ experience in designing successful online learning using E-tivities. Results suggest the E-tivities do have the potential to cater for all Presences of CoI. Specifically when using E-tivities to design online learning Affective Expression was the highest reported Social Presence design factor. All four components of Cognitive Presence appeared to be present in E-tivities design. The most important component for adequate Teaching Presence factors was the initial Design and Organisation of the course. E-tivities and the 5-Stage Model provides a solid framework for this to occur.
Keywords: online learning design; E-tivities; e-Moderation; 5-Stage Model; communities of inquiry; Social Presence; Teaching Presence; Cognitive Presence online learning design; E-tivities; e-Moderation; 5-Stage Model; communities of inquiry; Social Presence; Teaching Presence; Cognitive Presence
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Wright, P. "E-tivities from the Front Line”: A Community of Inquiry Case Study Analysis of Educators’ Blog Posts on the Topic of Designing and Delivering Online Learning. Educ. Sci. 2014, 4, 172-192.

AMA Style

Wright P. "E-tivities from the Front Line”: A Community of Inquiry Case Study Analysis of Educators’ Blog Posts on the Topic of Designing and Delivering Online Learning. Education Sciences. 2014; 4(2):172-192.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Wright, Phemie. 2014. ""E-tivities from the Front Line”: A Community of Inquiry Case Study Analysis of Educators’ Blog Posts on the Topic of Designing and Delivering Online Learning." Educ. Sci. 4, no. 2: 172-192.

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