Abstract—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.
Index Terms—Community of inquiry, MOOC, discourse analysis.
Lay Huah Goh is with the Education Department, HELP University, Malaysia (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite:Lay Huah Goh, "The Gathering of the Community of Inquiry in Online Learning," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 10, no. 7, pp. 494-499, 2020.Copyright © 2020 by the authors. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).