From CoI to LPM - Developing a Model to Architect e-Courses & Programs

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Aug 5th at 12:45 PM until 1:30 PM




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Using the Learning Production Model to Inform Course Design & Delivery. Using an effective model as a guide in designing online courses can assist in setting learners up for maximum success. Many online courses have been designed using the widespread Community of Inquiry (COI) framework (Garrison, Anderson, & Archer, 2000) which is essentially a social constructivist model that posits learning is a shared experience resulting from social interaction processes. The COI model hypothesizes that learning is constructed through developing three interdependent elements: social (identify with community), cognitive (construct and confirm meaning) and teaching (design, facilitation, and direction of cognitive and social processes) presence. While the COI model has certainly gained traction in the online education world, there has been discourse in the literature suggesting modifications to the model and others who ascribe to using different philosophies regarding learning. The COI model illustrates learning is built via assembling interdependent presences. At the inception of our program, I used the COI framework to create online courses (and extended this model for traditional courses as well). While the model certainly informed the process and identified areas for course and program improvement, it did not fully capture our program philosophy as it pertains to learning. From our experience using the COI model, in conjunction with our productive (rather than constructive) views of learning, the learning production model was conceived. The learning production model (LPM) views learning as a production or generation process that happens within an individual’s brain. It is the product obtained from moving information and cognitive patterns from short- into long-term memory. The learning production is conceived to have three physical or concrete elements and an additional three intangible or ethereal elements. The three concrete facets of the learning production model are: C1=Community, C2=Content, C3=Coach. The three ethereal elements are E1=Engagement, E2=Encouragement, and E3=Evaluation. This session will explain all the elements in comparison and contrast to the CoI model. A 45-item instrument has been developed, that is deployed to learners at mid and end of semester to help program administrators guide the improvement process to ultimately provide students with what they need to maximize their learning. VIEW THIS SESSION [Mediasite player]