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eLearn Magazine: A Recap of the 18th Annual Sloan Consortium Conference on Online Learning


New Issue of JALN released, featuring 2011 Best in Track Award Winners.


Creating an Institutional Culture that Embraces Accessibility and Supports Online Student Success  - By Kristen Betts, Director of Online and Blended Learning, Armstrong Atlantic State University. Kristen Betts will be presenting “From Compliance to Culture: Building an Effective Infrastructure to Support Accessibility and Online Student Success” on October 11, 2012.


Online and On the Move - By Emily Boles, Senior Instructional Developer, University of Illinois, Springfield. Ray Schroeder will be presenting "Online and On the Move: Mobile Online Learning" on October 10, 2012.

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Keynote Address: Democratizing Higher Education
Sebastian Thrun, VP & Fellow Google

Plenary Panel: Evolution or Revolution? What's Happening with Traditional Online Learning?
Jeff Young (The Chronicle of Higher Education, US) - Panel Moderator
Jose Cruz (The Education Trust, US)
Alan Drimmer (University of Phoenix, US)
Jack Wilson (University of Massachusetts, US)

Plenary Address: Citizen Science - Authentic Participation in Research
Arfon Smith (Citizen Science-Adler Planetarium, US)

Press Release: October 9, 2012
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Adapting the Community of Inquiry survey for Student Perceptions of Online Programs

Swapna Kumar (University of Florida, US)
Session Information
October 11, 2012 - 2:25pm
Learning Effectiveness
Areas of Special Interest: 
Institutional Initiatives
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Research Study
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Europe 7
Session Duration: 
35 Minutes

Presentation of the development, implementation, and results of an adapted Community of Inquiry (COI) survey for online programs. Discussion of existing measurement methods for COI.

Extended Abstract

The University of Florida has offered an online professional doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Educational Technology since fall 2008. The Community of Inquiry (COI) framework comprising social, teaching and cognitive presence guided the design of online courses and activities in the program (Garrison, Anderson & Archer, 2000). During the first offering and evaluation of the program, it became apparent that the components of the COI framework, previously proposed and analyzed in online courses, would need to be expanded to encompass online interactions in an online program (Kumar et al., 2011). In this presentation we will first present an extension of cognitive, teaching, and social presence for online programs. We will then focus on the adaptation of the COI survey (Arbaugh et al., 2008), developed for online courses, to measure faculty, social, and cognitive presence in an online program. The description of the extended framework, the survey, and the results could be useful to educators engaged in online programs that are guided by the COI framework and to researchers working with the COI framework and survey. Furthermore, the discussion of instruments and methods available toevaluate online programs based on this framework will provide insight for all those engaged in online teaching and learning or online programs.

Lead Presenter

Swapna Kumar is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the School of Teaching and Learning, University of Florida. She is currently engaged in teaching and research in the online Ed.D. program in EducationalTechnology at the College of Education, University of Florida. Her researchfocuses on online pedagogy, online program development, blended learning, online communities, and the use of new technologies in higher education.