Communication is studied in a virtual collaborative community of future teachers. The participants collaborate in a virtual learning environment in higher education. The main theme of this article is computer-mediated communication and the analysis of the three most used communication tools (chats, forums and emails). The different types of communication (social presence, cognitive presence, teaching presence) and the perception of the future teacher on them are exposed in the article. The results show differences in the elements analyzed for the communication tool which is used. The analysis of communication in virtual collaborative environments is a promising line of research to contribute improving the initial training of teachers and therefore improving education.
Keywords: Collaborative community of inquiry, computer-mediated communication, social presence, cognitive presence, teaching presence.