Abstract—This paper proposes a new Online Learning
Community Model for asynchronous online discussions (AODs)
adapted from the Community of Inquiry Model. The new model
highlights Assessment Presence as a new element interacting
with and affecting student learning and the elements of
Cognitive Presence, Social Presence, and Teaching Presence.
An assessment rubric for AODs used for three graduate
Cybersecurity technology classes is examined. The data and
observations on student performance in AODs and student
perceptions on the online learning environment indicate an
effective and positive role of the rubric and assessment element
in building a constructive online learning community.
Index Terms—Assessment, asynchronous online discussion, online learning community, rubric.
Ping An Wang is with the Department of Cybersecurity and Information Assurance at the Graduate School of University of Maryland University College in Adelphi, MD 20783 USA (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: Ping An Wang, "Assessment of Asynchronous Online Discussions for a Constructive Online Learning Community," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 5, no. 8, pp. 598-604, 2015.