Theory-based and practical
This site provides a theory-based, yet practical means of helping lecturers to facilitate learning through asynchronous dialogue online, whether through discussion forums, blogs, wikis or other social software. The theoretical model was based on Wegerif’s (2007) online adaptation of Lipman’s community of inquiry model (2003) and Levy’s inquiry based learning model (2009). A design research methodology was used to develop and iteratively test this professional development intervention. The three iterations of the testing each informed the refinement of this site.
Levy, P. (2009). Inquiry-based learning: A framework. University of Sheffield: Centre for Inquiry-based Learning in the Arts and Social Sciences. Retrieved from http://www.shef.ac.uk/cilass/
Lipman, M. (2003). Thinking in education (2nd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Wegerif, R. (2007). Dialogic education and technology: Expanding the space of learning. New York: Springer.