For my applied research project, my current question is how might the implementation of a Community of Inquiry framework impact a self-paced high-school online course? This is supported by four sub questions: ·
- How might teaching methods be used differently to establish and nourish the three COI presences?
- How might the self-paced, asynchronous nature alter the COI framework?
- How might the establishment of a COI impact the emotions of a student?
- How might the varied age of learners influence the COI?
There are two theoretical frameworks that I am currently interested in researching more about.
The first framework is Mobile Learning Theory.
Due to my research being based on an online distributed learning environment, using mobile learning theory as my theoretical framework seems like it would be a good fit. Mobile learning can happen anywhere and at any time and can be broken up into three complexities: pedagogy, infrastructure, and communication (Franklin, 2011). Koole (2011) discusses how mobile learning is described by “the convergence of mobile technologies, human learning capacities, and social interaction” (pg. 25). Both of these definitions have similarities with a Community of Inquiry, and the three presences it is built around. Furthermore, by using this framework, I am already differentiating how my learning environment differs from that of a traditional classroom.
The second theoretical framework I am interested in exploring is Self-Efficacy Theory.
Self-efficacy is described as one’s perceived belief on whether they can be successful on a given task (Bandura, 1977). One’s self efficacy is related to their personal experiences, second hand experience, social persuasion, and physiological and emotional factors ( Bandura, 1977). Due to my students having varied experiences, and motivators for signing up for my courses, understanding self-efficacy and its impacts on learning will be helpful in understanding how different teaching methods could be tailored towards students. I am especially interested in the social persuasion, and physiological and emotional factors, as I feel they relate more to my research questions.
As I continue to read more into these frameworks, I can see how they would relate to my research. I am just not sure if using two frameworks is wise? Having read my questions, is there another framework you think I should check out instead of one of these?
Bandura, A. (1977). Self-efficacy: Toward a unifying theory of behavioral change. Psychological Review, 84(2), 191-215. doi:10.1037/0033-295X.84.2.191
Franklin, T. (2011). MOBILE LEARNING: AT THE TIPPING POINT. The Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology Copyright The Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology, 10(261). Retrieved from https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ946635.pdf
Koole, M. L. (2009). Chapter 2: A model for framing mobile learning. In M. Ally (Ed.), Mobile learning: Transforming the delivery of education and training, (pp. 25–47). Edmonton, AB: AU Press