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The Online Crit: The Community of Inquiry Meets Design Education

JDE Volume 25, Number 1, ISSN 0830-0445 Publisher: Athabasca University Press


Asynchronous discussion technologies offer the advantage of providing time for reflection essential for higher order cognitive thinking. In the context of a ten-week graphic design foundations course in the Digital Graphic Design program at Vancouver Community College, this advantage provides an avenue for advancing critical discussion of design work. Garrison, Anderson and Archer's (2000) Community of Inquiry (COI) model is applied in tandem with the design process to develop a blended approach to the traditional critique. The appropriate alignment of curriculum and faculty and student interactions to the environments best suited is determined. Guiding principles and learning objectives and tasks are developed to support cognitive, social and teaching presences essential to foster critical discourse in asynchronous discussion environments. (Contains 10 tables and 2 figures.)


Barber, T.C. (2011). The Online Crit: The Community of Inquiry Meets Design Education. The Journal of Distance Education / Revue de l'ducation Distance, 25(1),. Athabasca University Press. Retrieved April 25, 2019 from .

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