Module 4

Assume you are an e-learning instructor. How can you apply the CoI framework when you design and deliver/teach your course? Be specific.

  • Course Title: Intro to Cyber Security
  • Content/Topics:Access Control, Information Management, Encryption, Attacks
  • Target Audience: College students
  • Delivery Format: Online
  • Laptop, Blackboard, Videos, Pearsononline, Simulated Labs


Social Presence: Design a learning environment that involves the implementation of discussion tools such as Blackboard Discussion.

Cognitive Presence: Design class material in a way that encourages students to think critically about the material and to develop true knowledge rather than just memorizing facts. Providing a list of questions for students to think about before they begin reading information is a way of leading students to think critically about information.

Teaching Presence: Structure the course in a straight forward manner that eliminates confusion and provides guidelines to meeting the instructors expectations. Providing a syllabus with specific expectations is an excellent way of guiding students down the correct learning path.

Combination of Social, Cognitive, and Teaching Presences if any: Design learning tools and activities  that involve discussion among students, encourage students to think critically about information, and provide guidance to being successful in the course.


Social Presence: Require students to actively participate in the discussion by posting answers to questions along with commenting on other students’ work.

Cognitive Presence: Assign exams that consist of questions that push students to think critically about the information they just processed. Assign these exams in a frequent manner.

Teaching Presence: Stay up to date with grading students work for the purpose of the instructor staying updated on students’ performance. Consistently provide feedback to students and assist them in areas where they are struggling.

Combination of Social, Cognitive, and Teaching Presences if any: Implement activities that require active collaboration among students, exams that require students to think critically about the information they just processed, and feedback to keep students updated on their progress along with assistance to help them improve.

Summarize this week’s discussions. Use this template to structure your production:

  • Did you fulfill the requirement to make your first post in the discussion no later than Wednesday?

Yes, I submitted my initial post before the deadline.

  • Did you fulfill the requirement to post at least three times in each discussion topic between Monday and Friday?

Yes, I was able to respond to three students before friday.

  • Did you fulfill the requirement to post the answer to the prompts in your blog no later than Sunday (Jan 18)?

Yes, I posted my answers to my blog by Saturday.

  • Did you fulfill the requirement to reply at least three classmates’ blogs on Saturday and/or Sunday?

I will be replying to three classmates’ blog before the deadline.

  • Quote your best post(s) from the week and explain why you feel these are the best.

“It is essential to design courses in a way that makes them not only interesting but easy to operate and maneuver through material. It is also important to encourage students to think deeply about the information they encounter. Instructors need to ask themselves if their way of instruction is in line with the students best interests.”

I chose this post of mine because I strongly believe that instructors have an immense impact on students’ learning experience. Here I listed ways that an instructor can enhance students’ learning experiences.

  • Quote several of the best posts from other students. Explain why you chose the ones you present.

“Brainstorm different questions that employers will ask during an interview for a job. Let the students control this discussion and try to interject as little as possible. After they have agreed on 10 questions to ask, lead a discussion on each question and why it should be asked in an interview. Have the students explain their reasons and give examples of a response that would be ideal. There are many websites that have ideas for interview questions and tips.”

Aeman Alabuod

Aeman provided an excellent way to implement cognitive presence in a course. It involves forecasting which encourages students to think critically.

“Giving students reading materials through D2Learn, and expected students read them before having skype meetings.”

Xiaoyan Yang

Having students share what they learned synchronously is an excellent way to ensure that they are thinking critically about the information. They are also more likely to approach the information in a critical manner due to them needing to present it to the rest of the class.

  • What did you learn in the discussion this week that will be useful to you or that changes the way you view something?

I learned how to enhance the learning experience of students as an instructor through Social, Cognitive, and Teaching presence. I also realized the importance of the implementation of all three presences and the impact they make on students’ success. After learning this information, I am confident that I can successfully design a course in a manner that puts students’ success as top priority. I was also provided with a beneficial learning approach as a student. This approach is an excellent way to ensure I am getting the most out of my education.


4 thoughts on “Module 4

  1. A very interesting class! Is this something you teach? All your approaches to the different presences are clear and concise. I can really see how these activities can contribute to a successful class. Good job!


  2. Good Job! I also learned something new from your blog. I am not quite understand how to use Pearsononline and Simulated Labs as a tool to do online learning, can you please explain a little? Thank you.


    1. Thanks Michelle. I’m glad that you were able to learn something from my blog. Students are able to practice what they learn from class on pearsononline’s lab. Students also have the ability to access e-books to take the place of physical textbooks.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s