The gathering of the community of inquiry in online learning

Lay Huah Goh*

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This study employed learning analytics to understand the gathering of a community of inquiry (CoI) through the discussion forums of a global MOOC offering. The transcripts of the discussion were compiled and the discourse analysed. In this study, content analysis was applied to examine the discussion transcripts for learning, with the aid of Atlas.ti, which is a qualitative data analysis software. Findings indicate that the element that is most dominant in the dynamics of this online learning community is the cognitive presence. The teaching presence was the underlying thread that wove the fabric of the community of learning, binding the cognitive and social presence into the creation of knowledge and new learning. The open communication which is a social presence element, allowed learners the freedom to express their ideas and thoughts. It is recommended that relevant learning discussions should incorporate practices that encourage the development of meaningful learning dialogue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)494-499
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Information and Education Technology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Community of inquiry
  • Discourse analysis
  • MOOC


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