This week, we were joined by Maggi Savin Baden, professor of Higher Education Research at Coventry University in the UK. She has been investigating problem based learning for a number of years and is currently pursuing research into applications within Second Life.
This week, Jennifer Maddrell discusses the focus for her dissertation work: the Community of Inquiry framework: http://communitiesofinquiry.com/. Her primary research question focusses on whether there is a relationship between learner's perceptions of "community" and actual learning outcomes as identified by grades, papers, tests, etc. The discussion took a very practical turn as we sought to identify particular strategies that may be used by instructors to develop community within online courses.
Due to a few technical difficulties, we didn't get too far into the Bridget Arend article, http://www.thejeo.com/Archives/Volume6Number1/Arendpaper.pdf. However, Mary gives a nice overview of the key points, and we have tabled the 'discussion on discussions' for an upcoming session. Some good notes included in the chat transcript a little later on.