full online discussion metadata visualization

I've finally entered all of the metadata information for the online discussions I'm using in my thesis. This includes the person who posts something, the date, and the size of the post. I worked through my earlier visualization mockup, and wanted to try it with the full set of data. So, here's the Blackboard discussions (top image) and WordPress blog posts (bottom image): It's only the most basic of metadata, but already differences in activity patterns are becoming apparent....

March 23, 2012 · 1 min

Xin (2012): A Critique of the Community of Inquiry Framework

Xin, C. (2012). A Critique of the Community of Inquiry Framework. The Journal of Distance Education, 26(1). Retrieved from http://www.jofde.ca/index.php/jde/article/view/755/1333 Thanks to Stephen Downes for pointing this paper out. I’m up to my eyeballs, processing data for my Community of Inquiry based MSc research, and could have missed this. The Community of Inquiry model provides a framework for describing interactions within a community or classroom environment. It involves using textual analysis and coding of messages to interpret the type of interaction for each message – whether it involves social, teaching, or cognitive components. As I’ve been coding the data for my thesis, I’ve been adding as many types of “presences” as are appropriate – a message may include a number of things, indicating social, teaching and cognitive presences in a non-exclusive manner. I’m imagining each message having its own little Venn diagram for Social/Teaching/Cognitive component, as per the CoI model. It’s a simplification and abstraction, certainly, but looking at the coded output, I think it’s still got a fair bit of fidelity to describe the interactions at a high level. In my data, I’m also adding coding to describe the type of content (links, images, attachments, embedded media, etc…) as well as how involved the message is (is it a simple one-liner? a 2 paragraph response? a multi-page essay?) – and I’m thinking about how to include data on the timeline of the discussion (how rapid were the responses? staccato rapidfire conversation, or long drawn-out periods of silence?) I’m still thinking about how to represent that kind of data for an online discussion, but I think there’s something there, there. ...

March 10, 2012 · 9 min

Notes: Zydney, deNoyelles & Kyeong-Ju Seo (2012) - Creating a community of inquiry in online environments…

Zydney, J. M., deNoyelles, A., & Kyeong-Ju Seo, K. (2012). Creating a community of inquiry in online environments: An exploratory study on the effect of a protocol on interactions within asynchronous discussions. Computers & Education, 58(1), 77–87. doi:10.1016/j.compedu.2011.07.009 Abstract: The purpose of our research was to examine the influence of an online protocol on asynchronous discussions. A mixed-methods study compared two online graduate classes: one that used a protocol and one that did not use a protocol for the same discussion about a complex reading....

November 18, 2011 · 4 min

community of inquiry

When I started at the Teaching & Learning Centre, I knew a bit about what Randy Garrison was doing - he was the new Director of the TLC, and he'd been working on something called "[community of inquiry](http://communitiesofinquiry.com)" - but I didn't know too much more than that. I didn't pay it much attention, since it didn't overlap what I was doing very much. Years passed, and I'm now planning the research proposal for my MSc thesis....

June 15, 2010 · 2 min

Garrison & Cleveland-Innes (2005). Facilitating cognitive presence in online learning: Interaction is not enough.

Garrison, D.R. & Cleveland-Innes, M. (2005). Facilitating cognitive presence in online learning: interaction is not enough. The American Journal of Distance Education. 19(3). 133-148. This study assessed the depth of online learning, with a focus on the nature of online interaction in four distance education course designs. Article provides a good background to course design, deep/surface/achievement-oriented learning. The study used a survey (Study Process Questionnaire) to compare changes in learning strategies selected by 75 students in 4 courses in different subjects and levels....

May 28, 2010 · 6 min