A Rubric to Identify Online Course Plans for a Community of Inquiry

Sandra Rogers, AACE Review, Dec 19, 2018
Commentary by Stephen Downes

A common pattern for publications like this one is to take something that looks legitimate and research-based and to use it to support what amounts to a description of what teachers are actually doing now. That way, they can feel progressive without having to change a bit! The legitimate and research-based concept in this case is the community of inquiry. Based on the work of Theagenes of Rhegium (-529) along with Garrison, Anderson, and Archer (2000) (but not Wenger-Trayner!) it is presented here as the (trademarked!) Online Community of Inquiry Syllabus Rubric ©. Common feedback based on the "analysis" include "provide a rubric for discussions to make the criteria clear", "add the College’s accommodation statement", "provide links to academic tutoring services", and "describe direct instruction." Because without the rubric people would never thought of doing these things they already do!

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