What Psychological Factors Enhance a Language Learning Community? Toward Effective CSCL Design for Language Learning Based on a CoI Framework

  • Masanori Yamada
  • Yoshiko Goda
  • Hideya Matsukawa
  • Kojiro Hata
  • Seisuke Yasunami
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8613)


The current study investigated the relationship between psychological factors and learning behaviors related to the application of a community of inquiry (CoI) framework for learning English as a foreign language (EFL). An online asynchronous discussion was examined, and data included questionnaires assessing perceived psychological factors and communication logs related to the efficacy of the CoI. Results of a path analysis showed that perceived social presence plays an important role in enhancing perceived cognitive presence, which indirectly increases social interaction and deeper discussions.


Collaborative learning Community of Inquiry Social Interaction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Masanori Yamada
    • 1
  • Yoshiko Goda
    • 2
  • Hideya Matsukawa
    • 3
  • Kojiro Hata
    • 4
  • Seisuke Yasunami
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Arts and ScienceKyushu UniversityFukuokaJapan
  2. 2.Research Center for Higher EducationKumamoto UniversityKumamotoJapan
  3. 3.Center for Education in Liberal Arts and SciencesOsakaJapan
  4. 4.Faculty of Modern Social StudiesOtemae UniversityHyogoJapan

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