Teacher and social presence and engagement with other classmates and the course materials continue to be the greatest indicators of success in online classes.
Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework is a framework developed by Randy Garrison, Terry Anderson et al. (University of Calgary) to help the educational experience of e-learning. It is based on the three “presences” in the classroom: social, teacher, and cognitive. There are many ways for teachers to show their presence in an online course. starting with clearly communicated course objectives and due dates, providing feedback in a timely fashion, encouraging discussion within the course, etc.
Click here to access the interactive map (you can click on each term) of CoI framework and learn more.