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ERIC Number: EJ1018304
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1939-5256
Measuring the Community in Online Classes
Rubin, Beth; Fernandes, Ronald
Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, v17 n3 p115-136 Oct 2013
This paper proposes both theoretical and empirical approaches to differentiating the community of inquiry (CoI) in online classes at individual and group levels. Following the example of research on organizational climate, it assesses the strength of shared perceptions of teaching presence, social presence, and cognitive presence. The paper develops a theory of composition that relates isomorphic constructs of these presences at the individual and class levels. Hypotheses are made about the agreement among students on the survey that is used to measure individual perceptions of the three presences of the CoI. These are tested using a set of statistics designed to measure the extent to which shared perceptions of these presences exist within classes. Strong evidence of shared perceptions is found, and potential practical and theoretical applications are described.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Survey of Student Engagement
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A