ERIC Number: EJ839337
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 0
The Future of Online Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: The Survey Says...
Kim, Kyong-Jee; Bonk, Curtis J.
EDUCAUSE Quarterly, v29 n4 p22-30 2006
Considering the extensive turbulence created by the perfect storm surrounding e-learning, it is not surprising that opinions are mixed about the benefits of online teaching and learning in higher education. As illustrated in numerous issues of the "Chronicle of Higher Education" during the past decade, excitement and enthusiasm for e-learning alternate with a pervasive sense of e-learning gloom, disappointment, bankruptcy and lawsuits, and myriad other contentions. Appropriately, the question arises as to where online learning is headed. Navigating online education requires an understanding of the current state and the future direction of online teaching and learning. The study described in this article surveyed instructors and administrators in postsecondary institutions, mainly in the United States, to explore future trends of online education. In particular, the study makes predictions regarding the changing roles of online instructors, student expectations and needs related to online learning, pedagogical innovation, and projected technology use in online teaching and learning. The study confirmed some commonly held beliefs about online education, refuted others, and provided a range of predictions about the future of technology-enabled education. Implications of the findings, limitations of the study, and recommendations for research are discussed. (Contains 3 figures, 4 tables, and 28 endnotes.)
Descriptors: Online Courses, Electronic Learning, Trend Analysis, Educational Trends, Administrator Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Postsecondary Education, Teacher Role, Expectation, Student Needs, Mail Surveys, Technology Uses in Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers: United States