I was so excited when the Canvas team reached out about hosting #CanvasChat, a weekly Twitter chat focused on sharing educational tips with educators in both K12 and Higher Ed (many of the participants are regular contributors to the Canvas Community – please join if you haven’t already). I learned a lot, including the fact that 30 minutes goes by real fast while tweeting, learning, and engaging. I put together this quick post to highlight some of my favorite learnings from the chat.

For this chat, I invited the CanvasLMS Community to discuss the Community of Inquiry Model (COI) , which models how to master your social, cognitive, and teaching presence in the classroom. Each question focused on an aspect of the COI. I received some great feedback and takeaways from this Community event, which will help me in the classroom. Here are some of my favorite insights from the chat below.

For the question about social presence, participants talked about the need to get to know their students personally and share things that really allows educators to connect with their students. It was made clear that as educators, we need to allow our students to really get to know us. It turns out that both students and teachers are humans, and they like to be treated as such.

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#canvaschat on twitter

#canvaschat on twitter

For Cognitive Presence, as educators, we were reminded of the need to constantly encourage our students to think more deeply and go beyond simply doing the minimum or following the rubrics to get ‘credit.’ We need to engage the students to think deeply and prepare for whatever their future experiences will bring.

#canvaschat on twitter

#canvaschat on twitter

For teaching presence, teachers need to show that they are not only reading student responses but also interacting with them. We had a great discussion about how involved teachers should be, and how to make sure students see the teachers efforts to design a good learning experience for them.

#canvaschat on twitter

#canvaschat on twitter

#canvaschat on twitter

The final question asked people to use something they learned during the chat and do something to increase their presence in the classroom.

#canvaschat on twitter

The final question asked people to use something they learned during the chat and do something to increase their presence in the classroom.

At the end of the chat, I shared some helpful links to learn more. I believe these ideas can help educators to better connect to students using CanvasLMS with a more effective social, cognitive, and teaching presence.

Here is a great tutorial that explains the Community of Inquiry (COI) framework. You might also be interested in reading the book or completing the Canvas MOOC on Humanizing Online Teaching and Learning.

Please join us for next week’s #CanvasChat (every Wednesday from 4:00-4:30 MT), where my friend Kona Jones will be the host.

Thanks for joining, tweeting, and reading.

Terri