How can teacher educators use the Community of Inquiry framework to support teacher learning?

Watch a recording of our previous webinar with Dr Norman Vaughan. The focus of this session is on the practical application of the Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework to support teacher learning.

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Who is this webinar for?

Please note the content of this webinar is not aimed at teachers, and is specifically for teacher educators who have a role in supporting the professional development of teachers.

What is this webinar about?

The CoI was developed by Garrison, Anderson, and Archer (2000). The framework represents a process of creating deep and meaningful (collaborative-constructivist) learning experiences through the development of three interdependent elements: social, cognitive and teaching presence. Originally the CoI was designed for online learning environments but it is now widely applied to blended, in-person courses, and teaching development programs.

To aid in this process, we have derived the following seven principles:

  1. Design for open communication and trust that will create a learning community
  2. Design for critical reflection and discourse that will support inquiry
  3. Establish community and cohesion
  4. Establish inquiry dynamics (purposeful inquiry)
  5. Sustain respect and responsibility for collaboration
  6. Sustain inquiry that moves to resolution and shared metacognitive development 
  7. Ensure assessment is congruent with intended processes and outcomes.

This session will provide attendees with concrete examples of how they can apply these principles in their own work in teacher education.


Recorded on Thursday 29 February 2024, 15.00 - 16.00 (UK time). See what time this is in your location.

About the speaker

Norman Vaughan, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Education at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He has co-authored the books Principles of Blended Learning: Shared Metacognition and Communities of Inquiry (2023), Teaching in Blended Learning Environments: Creating and Sustaining Communities of Inquiry (2013), and Blended Learning in Higher Education (2008). In addition, he has published a series of articles on blended learning and teacher development. Dr. Vaughan is the Co-founder of the Blended Online Design Network (BOLD), a founding member of the Community of Inquiry Research Group, the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning and he is on the editorial boards of numerous national and international journals.

Supporting material for this webinar

Pre-webinar reading

Find out more with our suggested pre-reading: University of Buffalo. (2024). Community of inquiry: Establishing a learning community that is effective and motivating.

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Further reading: Vaughan, N.D., Dell, D., Garrison, D.R., & Cleveland-Innes, M. (2023). Principles of Blended Learning: shared Metacognition and Communities of Inquiry. Athabasca University Press.

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