An Examination of the Community of Inquiry Framework in the International Computer-Mediated Learning Context

ID: 46143 Type: Virtual Brief Paper
  1. Jillian Wendt, Virginia International University, United States
  2. Deanna Nisbet, Regent University, United States
  3. Amanda Rockinson-Szapkiw, Liberty University, United States

Abstract: The Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework is the most commonly utilized model for examining various aspects of the distance learning environment. Much research has examined the constructs of the CoI model (social presence, cognitive presence, and teaching presence) in the distance learning environment. However, little research has examined the CoI model with international students enrolled in U.S. courses. Given the increased enrollment of international students in U.S. courses, including in online and blended courses, an examination of how the CoI model influences student outcomes is necessary. Furthermore, recent research has supported how the CoI model, student perceptions of learning, and student perceptions of teacher immediacy predict student course outcomes. This study, therefore, examines the predictive ability of CoI, perceived learning, and teacher immediacy on student end-of-course outcomes among an international student population enrolled in U.S. blended courses.

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