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3rd Edition

E-Learning in the 21st Century
A Community of Inquiry Framework for Research and Practice

ISBN 9781138953567
Published October 6, 2016 by Routledge
220 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The third edition of E-Learning in the 21st Century provides a coherent, comprehensive, and empirically-based framework for understanding e-learning in higher education. Garrison draws on his decades of experience and extensive research in the field to explore technological, pedagogical, and organizational implications. The third edition has been fully updated throughout and includes new material on learning technologies, MOOCs, blended learning, leadership, and the importance and role of social connections in thinking and learning, highlighting the transformative and disruptive impact that e-learning has recently had on education.

Table of Contents

List of Figures



1 Introduction

SECTION I: The Conceptual Framework

2 Theoretical Foundations

3 Community of Inquiry

4 Social Presence

5 Cognitive Presence

6 Teaching Presence

SECTION II: Applying the CoI Framework

7 Learning Technologies

8 Blended Learning

9 Guidelines for Practice

10 Assessment and Evaluation

11 Organizational Issues

12 Future Directions


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D. Randy Garrison is Professor Emeritus at the University of Calgary, Canada.


"The latest edition of E-Learning in the 21st Century examines e-learning from the perspectives of advancing research, instructional practice, and institutional readiness. D. Randy Garrison, perhaps the prominent scholar and thought leader on e-learning, provides thought-provoking perspectives for scholars, educators, and administrators. I was highly impressed with his ability to direct practical suggestions to each of these constituencies."

--Ben Arbaugh, Department Chair, Management and Human Resources, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, USA

"In the third edition of E-Learning in the 21st Century, D. Randy Garrison focuses more sharply on the Community of Inquiry framework and the ways in which it can inform research and practice in e-learning. As always, Garrison’s insights are grounded in thoughtful and thought-provoking research findings. Newcomers to online learning and longtime fans of the Community of Inquiry framework alike will find much to value in this volume."

--Karen Swan, Stukel Professor of Educational Leadership, University of Illinois Springfield, USA