Five Stages of Online Learning?

As an online educator (and someone who researches online education), I’m always coming across new model to describe the online learning process. Personally, I gravitate to the Community of Inquiry framework because I see the need to foster social presence in online learning environments. A colleague shared another framework recently and I’m still working through […]

Top Ten Posts from 2017

It’s the time of the year when blogs and websites post their “Top Ten Lists.” Following suit, over the next two weeks, I’ll share the top blog posts from the 8 Blog.  This week, we’re going to focus on the posts that were authored this year.  Next week, we’ll look back at the top ten […]

Communicating Online

Author’s note: I’m taking a few weeks off to do some traveling with my family. In my absence, I’m going to run a series of older posts that I’ve written on online teaching.  This week’s post originally appeared in May 2014.  Enjoy! In past posts, I’ve discussed the Community of Inquiry framework  and how it […]

Digging deeper into Social Presence

I’ve written several times about the Community of Inquiry framework and how it relates to online education. Developed initially by Garrison, Anderson and Archer (2000), the framework examines the different “presences” that need to be cultivated to build an effective online learning community. As they design and facilitate an online class, instructors need to thoughtfully […]