The HSU Office of Online Education utilizes evidenced-based approach to online learning formation. The Educational Experience is achieved through an enhancement of the Community of Inquiry Framework first described in Dewey’s (1938) constructivist research. The Community of Inquiry Framework (Figure 1) attaches importance to an interplay of Social Presence, Cognitive Presence, Teaching Presence, supporting discourse, selecting content, and setting the climate for learning.
In the HSU Office of Online Education, a need emerged to examine the use of online Christian education to contribute to the growth of HSU founder, Dr. Simmons’ vision of a Christian Institution to educationally prepare men and women to reach the nations. Furthermore, it aims to illustrate that an online Christian education offered at HSU can extend the educational reach to people and places outside of West Texas.
Dr. Scott Hamm, HSU Assistant Professor of Education and Director of Online Education, Dr. Lindsay Edwards, HSU Associate Professor of Fitness and Sport Sciences, and Dr. Jason King, HSU Associate Professor of English and Director of Basic Writing collaborated to reflect the faith-based component reflected in learning online. Drs. Hamm, Edwards, and King enhanced and adapted (Figure 2) the Community of Inquiry Framework (Hamm, Edwards, & King, 2018). Their enhanced theoretical framework included 4 Instructional quadrants (Teacher-Student, Student-Student, Student-Content, and Student-Creator) and 4 Representations of Learning outcomes (Intentional, Applicable, Purposeful, and Relational).
Learn more about the research of Drs. Hamm, Edwards, and King at this link: Hamm_Edwards_KingCommunityOfInquiry