Online Education from the Perspective of Community College Students within the Community of Inquiry Paradigm
Community College Journal of Research and Practice Volume 38, Number 2, ISSN 1066-8926
This article describes a qualitative inquiry that explored the phenomenon of online learning on a community college campus within the paradigm of Community of Inquiry (CoI). The learning experience of 15 community college students taking fully online courses was examined in-depth for evidence of social, cognitive, and instructional domains identified by CoI as critical components for the facilitation of a meaningful learning experience in computer-mediated environments. Findings conveyed suppressed social, cognitive, and teaching presence; and as a result, a meaningful learning experience was not achieved for the participants. Additionally, first-time online learners manifested a unique learning experience that warrants further investigation. Findings from this study raise questions about the pedagogical soundness of fully online courses for community college students. Future research should examine online learning as a distinct pedagogy and focus more intently on the teaching and learning process.
Capra, T. (2014). Online Education from the Perspective of Community College Students within the Community of Inquiry Paradigm. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 38(2), 108-121.