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Community of Inquiry (COI) survey



Sample Inputs

COI survey-original

COI survey-adapted


Community of Inquiry survey addresses the educational experience that exemplify teaching efficacy. It comprises three key elements - cognitive presence, social presence, and teaching presence.
Community of Inquiry model

What are the main features?

The key characteristics of this tool include:
  • A 34-item questionnaire requiring user to respond based on a 5-point Likert scale (strongly disagree, disagree, neutral, agree, strongly agree).
  • A stable instrument that could be used in a variety of studies, including large scale inter-institutional or cross-disciplinary studies.

How do I implement it?

The Word format survey is available on the website for ease of customization. Alternatively, Course Design Institute (CDI) has adapted this survey by including questions on general impression of course and demography. Both version can be administered on paper.

What does it measure?

Some of the sample questions in the survey are listed as follow:
  • Teaching Presence
    • The instructor clearly communicated important course goals.
    • The instructor provided clear instructions on how to participate in course learning activities.
  • Social Presence
    • I was able to form distinct impressions of some course participants.
    • I felt comfortable interacting with other course participants.
  • Cognitive Presence
    • I felt motivated to explore content related questions.
    • I can describe ways to test and apply the knowledge created in this course.

Other information

This video features, Mark Laumakis, PhD discussing the use of the COI survey for his online psychology course.

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