Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Want better online discussions?

In his literature review, Garrison (2007) consistently found difficulty moving online discussions from simple information sharing to knowledge construction. Discussions that did progress to knowledge construction shared two characteristics:
  • a discussion task which requires resolution
  • an active, but not dominating, teaching presence (focusing on issues, identifying areas of agreement/disagreement, summarizing the discussion, asking probing questions, etc.)
Garrison, D. R. (2007). Online Community of Inquiry review: Social, cognitive, and teaching presence issues. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 11(1), 61-72. Available online at

Posted at 04:01PM Jan 27, 2010 by dantonacci

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