Developing a community of inquiry instrument: Testing a measure of the Community of Inquiry framework using a multi-institutional sample

J. B. Arbaugh, Martha Cleveland-Innes, Sebastian R. Diaz, D. Randy Garrison, Philip Ice, Jennifer C. Richardson, Karen P. Swan

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Abstract

This article reports on the multi-institutional development and validation of an instrument that attempts to operationalize Garrison, Anderson and Archer's Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework (2000). The results of the study suggest that the instrument is a valid, reliable, and efficient measure of the dimensions of social presence and cognitive presence, thereby providing additional support for the validity of the CoI as a framework for constructing effective online learning environments. While factor analysis supported the idea of teaching presence as a construct, it also suggested that the construct consisted of two factors-one related to course design and organization and the other related to instructor behavior during the course. The article concludes with a discussion of potential implications of further refinement of the CoI measures for researchers, designers, administrators, and instructors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-136
Number of pages4
JournalInternet and Higher Education
Volume11
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Keywords

  • Cognitive presence
  • Community of Inquiry
  • Social presence
  • Teaching presence

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