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Transform Your Teaching: Building a Community of Inquiry for Effective Online Learning – Adapting to Online Learning and Future Outlook

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In this episode, Dr. Rob McDole and Jared Pyles conclude our series on the Community of Inquiry framework. Check out the episode to hear their discussion on the future of online learning in higher education.

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Building on the Community of Inquiry framework, Jared and Rob emphasize the importance of constructing an online course that is well-designed. They encourage frequent communication between instructors and students in an online setting and suggest strategies such as using video feedback and monitoring student engagement to ensure effective communication. As Rob thinks about the future, he emphasizes the potential of AI in online learning, citing examples of how AI tools such as ChatGPT can be used to create programs and analyze pictures.  

Jared and Rob recognize that cheating can be a serious concern for instructors in online courses, but research suggests that students who choose to cheat in an online environment will do the same in face-to-face courses. Jared suggests using strategies such as implementing higher-level activities and projects to minimize cheating incidents. Continuous adaptation and readiness to embrace change are crucial in online learning, and the Community of Inquiry framework can be a helpful tool in this endeavor. 

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