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What is Relationship of Inquiry

Handbook of Research on Emerging Practices and Methods for K-12 Online and Blended Learning
A framework that is an offshoot of the Community of Inquiry framework that adds a fourth domain—emotional presence—to the CoI framework.
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Engaging Online K-12 Students: Using Instant Messaging to Foster Teacher-Student Relationships
Jean Kiekel (University of St. Thomas in Houston, USA), Serena Flores (University of St. Thomas in Houston, USA), and Nicole McZeal Walters (University of St. Thomas in Houston, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-8009-6.ch009
Online learning for K-12 is the fastest growing segment of education. Advantages include access to courses for college and career readiness; world languages; science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), including electives that might otherwise be unavailable to students. However, K-12 students increasingly miss valuable interactions present in face-to-face classes and, as such, engaging students in online courses can be difficult. For this reason, teachers in an online setting must be flexible and creative and find approaches to make the online classroom feel more like a face-to-face classroom. This would include finding ways to decrease the cognitive and emotional distance often associated with not seeing a teacher or fellow students. It also presents the case of school leadership need for exercising caution while implementing school policy to encourage appropriate social media behaviors.
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