Start – Getting students motivated and engaged using a CoI framework


Thank you for participating in my online learning event. It will run from 10 to 17 May.

In the university setting, student motivation and engagement in online learning is positively affected by student-teacher and student-student interactions. Both also improve when opportunities for deep and meaningful learning are provided (Croxton, 2014). A popular framework which integrates these three elements is the Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework. It is the aim of this learning event to start discussions about these three elements from both student and teaching perspectives.

The Goals:

At the end of this learning event you will be able to:

  • Understand the CoI framework.
  • Understand the framework’s history.
  • Conduct discussions on component elements of the framework.

The Activities:

The event will focus on ways to improve student engagement and motivation in an online learning environment. Factors that have been shown to boost participation levels include:

  1. Addressing the teaching presence of educators.
  2. Addressing the social presence of students.
  3. Encouraging cognitive presence within classrooms.

Learning activities focusing on these three areas are provided on different pages. Please work through them and provide comments as needed.


Please be:

  1. Respectful of other’s beliefs and opinions.
  2. Come ready to share.
  3. Be constructive.
  4. Ready to actively engage in the activities.

Hints for participation:

  1. You will be asked to leave comments in:
    • The “Leave a Reply box” found at the bottom of each page.
    • A padlet.
  2. If you’ve had no formal teaching training, then feel free to approach the questions as a “future teacher” or from a student’s viewpoint.
  3. Enjoy the activities as we’ve finished the hard part, that is brainstorming activities for our own projects.
  4. Don’t be afraid to comment, we’re all here to learn from each other. There is no wrong or right.

About me:

My name is Samanthi and I’m a Librarian at USQ.

Links to Learning Activities:


Activities for Teaching presence

Activities for Social presence

Activities for Cognitive presence


Thank you.


Picture credits: NY, 2015 Used under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 (

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