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ERIC Number: EJ919759
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-2042-7530
The Roles of Extrinsic Factors in a Community of Inquiry Model of E-Learning
Lee, Richard; Faulkner, Margaret
E-Learning and Digital Media, v8 n1 p58-67 2011
Despite its proliferation in higher learning institutions, e-learning has been criticised as being nothing more than trivial online conversations, or a mere means of delivering class materials electronically. If e-learning is to address such criticisms and become an effective pedagogical platform, educators need to identify elements critical to the success of e-learning. A well-known framework for studying e-learning as a pedagogical platform is the community of inquiry (COI) model. In this study, the authors develop a conceptual COI model to propose that while satisfactory e-learning experience stems from the interactions among three presences--social, cognitive, and teaching--the relative influences of the presences on e-learning experience are moderated by five extrinsic factors: content richness, perceived ease of use of e-learning platform, type of curriculum, teaching orientation, and participant age. They argue that this extended and more comprehensive COI framework would help educators better understand e-learning's use as an effective pedagogical platform. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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