ERIC Number: ED472066
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
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Screen to Screen: A Study of Designer/Instructor Beliefs and Actions in Internet-Based Courses.
Jeris, Laurel; Poppie, Ann
Fourteen university instructors of Internet-based courses were interviewed and their course syllabi examined to produce instructor profiles of philosophical orientations and instructional strategies. How the instructors' belief systems regarding the effective teaching of adults changed as a result of teaching online was examined. The Philosophical Orientations of Adult Educators Inventory (PAEI) was used to assess: (1) philosophical orientations that guide course design and delivery held by faculty; (2) how these orientations were manifested in syllabi; and (3) instructor satisfaction with student retention, participation, and learning. The following was found:(1) participants had no awareness of a cohesive set of guiding principles and beliefs as they learned to teach online; (2) participants had a paradoxical relationship with the online course designers; (3) participants had a high level of satisfaction with the process and outcomes of the online experience; (4) participants thought deeply about their teaching beliefs as they taught online; (5) participants made qualitative and structural changes in their face-to-face classroom teaching as a result of learning to teach online; (6) participants believed their online students acquired learning to learn skills applicable to face-to-face classroom situations; and (7) participants had not changed their teaching and learning values and beliefs even though online teaching caused them to alter habitual instructional practices. The results provide opportunity for new theory development, particularly in the area of reflection on practice and learning to learn. (The bibliography lists 15 references). (AJ)
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Adult Education, Adult Educators, Citizenship, Classroom Environment, College Students, Computer Software Development, Computer Uses in Education, Conference Papers, Course Descriptions, Courseware, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Distance Education, Educational Principles, Educational Research, Educational Technology, Faculty, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Information Technology, Interviews, Measures (Individuals), Online Courses, Program Evaluation, Student Centered Curriculum, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods, Undergraduate Students
Adult and Community College Education, Box 7801, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7801 ($30). For full text: http://www.ncsu.edu/ced/acce/aerc/start.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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