Community of Inquiry on Facebook in a Formal Learning Setting in Higher Education

Masood Nazir, Natasa Brouwer, Education Sciences, Jan 10, 2019
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This article (23 page PDF) studies "an application of Facebook for higher education in science (STEM)," performing a content analysis on Facebook pots, and argues that the "results show that an integral Community of Inquiry (CoI) was formed on Facebook within the regular online course, encompassing all relevant CoI interactions leading to a powerful educational experience." That said, the results of the study show minimal social presence, with a preponderance of cognitive and (especially) teaching presence.

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