Using online environments to provoke student-enquiry

Fiona Nicolson*, Mitch Parsell

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This paper is intended for researchers and practitioners interested in using online environments to provoke student enquiry in any discipline in higher education. Using a Community of Enquiry model that tackles the pedagogical weaknesses in constructivism, we explain why online environments are so effective in engaging students actively in a learning process that meets the requirements of an academic context. From this perspective, we are able to offer concrete advice on how to design an online environment that will provoke student-enquiry. We explain why a social presence is important in the establishment of a Community of Enquiry and we also align particular web technologies to the various stages in the enquiry process and the students’ achievement of a unit’s learning outcomes. The reader will develop a better understanding of community of enquiry in higher education, and how to use web technologies to provoke enquiry in an online environment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASCILITE 2012 - Annual conference of the Australian Society for Computers in Tertiary Education
EditorsM. Brown, M. Hartnett, T. Stewart
Place of PublicationPalmerston North, New Zealand
PublisherMassey University
Pages1-5
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780473229894
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventAnnual conference of the Australian Society for Computers in Tertiary Education, ASCILITE 2012 - Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 25 Nov 201228 Nov 2012

Other

OtherAnnual conference of the Australian Society for Computers in Tertiary Education, ASCILITE 2012
CountryNew Zealand
CityWellington
Period25/11/1228/11/12

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Keywords

  • online community of enquiry
  • higher education
  • constructivism

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Nicolson, F., & Parsell, M. (2012). Using online environments to provoke student-enquiry. In M. Brown, M. Hartnett, & T. Stewart (Eds.), ASCILITE 2012 - Annual conference of the Australian Society for Computers in Tertiary Education (pp. 1-5). Palmerston North, New Zealand: Massey University.