Week 3: Cognitive Presence


There are many methods to engage learners in the cognitive domain and these typically involve other forms of presence as well. The use of collaborative assignments that engage student in project-based activities or problem-based activities tend to facilitate both cognitive and social presence. These assignments may require the use of synchronous communication tools in order to work through the tasks collaboratively. Assignments of this nature also tend to develop interpersonal skills.

This week our guest speaker Jim Groom will share how he used a “Triggering Event” to engage learners in the cognitive domain.

Module Objectives

  • Create a “triggering event” for your own course and share your creative thinking in the discussion.
  • Develop a collaborative project or problem-based activity that your students can submit to others for Peer Review and share your activity with others in the discussion.
  • Complete the HumanMOOC Research Survey


  • What teaching strategies do you utilize to engage students in DEEPER Learning?
  • How can your learning activity design enhance the cognition of learners?


  • Explore the course materials related to cognitive presence and the development of triggering events
  • Find resources related to cognitive presence and share with the community
  • Attend or watch the Google Hangout with Jim Groom about Triggering Events
  • Participate through blogging or twitter during live twitter chats during the Google Hangouts (hashtag #HumanMOOC).
  • Research participants may complete the Self Regulated Learning and Community of Inquiry survey
  • Participate in the week three assignments and share your creations
  • Reflect on #HumanMOOC in your preferred method

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