Online Teaching and Learning 101 is grounded in the CoI concept of ‘cognitive presence,’ which refers to the processes of constructing meaning through sustained communication in a learning context. Participants will learn strategies for encouraging students to take deeper approaches to their learning.

Intended Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. explore the characteristics of cognitive presence in an effective online learning environment;
  2. explain the importance of deep approaches to learning in relation to assessment, feedback and student attainment of learning outcomes;
  3. evaluate the quality of the feedback provided to students in light of relevant evidence-based research;
  4. analyze learning activities and their effectiveness in promoting deep approaches to learning;
  5. provide feedback using the appropriate tools to achieve deep approaches to learning;
  6. create an environment that supports and enhances deeper approaches to learning; and,
  7. monitor your progress towards the achievement of  your goals resulting in an improved and enhanced cognitive presence in your courses.

If you haven’t already done so, click ‘Graphic Overview (think)’ below to dive right in. You do not need to register for each individual course.

Course Materials

Teaching in Blended Learning Environments: Creating and Sustaining Communities of Inquiry is available for free download at