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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10791/361

Authors: Dell, Deborah
Supervisor(s): Dr. Martha Cleveland-Innes, Athabasca University
Examining Committee: Dr. Pamela Walsh, Athabasca University
Dr. Norman Vaughan, Mount Royal University
Dr. Peter Shea, University at Albany, State University of New York
Degree: Doctor of Education (EdD) in Distance Education
Department: Centre for Distance Education
Keywords: Community of Inquiry, emotions, emotional presence
Issue Date: 16-Dec-2021
Abstract: Background: This dissertation reports on a two-part study regarding emotional presence in a Community of Inquiry. A scoping study of emotions research in online learning was used to frame a subsequent Delphi study about emotional presence in Community of Inquiry learning. Methods: Inspired by COI philosophical foundations and pragmatic approaches, interactive participant engagement, multiple data sources were used to explore social and cognitive emotions in CoI learning and instructor and learner emotional presence indicators. Delphi panelists were experienced CoI learners (13) and facilitators (7). Findings: The results reveal that emotional presence indicators in CoI are manifested in connection to all three presences. Mapping participant responses to the existing CoI framework results in the major finding that emotional presence is a diffuse presence, visible in relation to and overlapping with cognitive, social, and teaching presence indicators. It is enacted more purposefully in relation to the pedagogical practice of climate setting, supporting discourse, and regulating learning. Contribution: This study may contribute to a more complex understanding of emotional presence as an intentional, deliberative discourse-based climate setting tool and self and co-regulative practice (macrocognitive) manifested through the intersections of teaching, cognitive and social presence.
Graduation Date:  -1
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10791/361
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