ERIC Number: ED455797
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Facilitating Web-Based Instruction: Formative Research on Improving an Online Undergraduate Business Course.
Wang-Chavez, Jenny; Branon, Rovy; Mikolaj, Peter
The purpose of this study was to assist an instructor in facilitating an online course while the class was being offered, and to provide timely interventions for improving the course during the semester. A formative approach was used to help deal with unforeseen issues in implementing the first online course this instructor had offered. Through data analysis of what worked well, what did not work well, and what improvements were needed, issues related to both students and instructor's perspective of the class were identified in the findings. From a student perspective, these issues included: online interactions, assessment, and course participation. For the instructor, there were concerns about new pedagogy, technology, and workload. Based on these issues, instructional interventions were suggested and an overall evaluation was conducted through an online survey. The approach adopted, findings identified, and recommendations made in this study will have implications for other instructors and instructional designers, especially those teaching online for the first time. (Contains 27 references.) (Author/AEF)
Descriptors: Business Education, Computer Assisted Instruction, Data Analysis, Distance Education, Formative Evaluation, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Instructional Development, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Improvement, Online Systems, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Web Based Instruction
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Annual Proceedings of Selected Research and Development Papers Presented at the National Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (23rd, Denver, CO, October 25-28, 2000). Volumes 1-2; see IR 020 712.