Question . . . could або be used in place of чи (I learned to use або for the conjunction "or"? Or does чи convey a different connotation/sense than або in the context of this sentence?
The thing is this question doesn't really have context.
But generally when there's або in a sentence you should choose a variant from the variants given to you. Чи - the variants are just ideas, you may choose something completely another or don't choose anything at all.