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Fostering Presence in Online Discussions
Academic Exchange Quarterly (2013)
  • Julie A. Delello, University of Texas at Tyler
  • Kathleen Everling, University of Texas at Tyler
  • Dr. Rochell R. McWhorter, University of Texas at Tyler
  • Heshium Lawrence, University of Texas at Tyler

With increased demands for online courses, instructors are challenged to facilitate discussions that promote critical thinking and mastery of content. Synchronous and asynchronous discussion forums are used to create a Community of Inquiry (COI) across four respective disciplines and areas: English as a Second Language (ESL), Teacher Education, Industrial Technology, and Human Resource Development (HRD). Understanding the benefits and limitations of each forum and their applications allows instructors to facilitate quality online discussions that foster development of social, cognitive and teaching presence.
Publication Date
Summer 2013
Publisher Statement
First published in Academic Exchange Quarterly.
Citation Information
Delello, J. A., Everling, K. M., McWhorter, R. R., & Lawrence, H. (2013). Fostering Presence in online discussions. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 17(2).