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ERIC Number: ED485097
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
Reference Count: 53
What's Driving Faculty Participation in Distance Education?
Cook, Ruth Gannon; Ley, Kathryn
Association for Educational Communications and Technology, 27th, Chicago, IL, October 19-23, 2004
This paper reviews more than a decade of investigations undertaken to determine what motivates and what discourages faculty participation in distance education. The presenters describe the evidence that faculty extrinsic and intrinsic conditions both influence willingness to participate. The researchers compare the findings of this study with three other studies conducted on faculty motivation. The analysis reveals that more recent studies indicate extrinsic motivators are playing an increasingly important role in DE (Distance Education). A comparison of the top five motivator items in three other university studies using a similar survey, a private eastern university, a public eastern university, and a southeastern university, indicated there were similarities to some of the findings of the southwestern public university study, all reflecting faculty perceptions that the strongest forces influencing their participation were intrinsic, although not always in the same order of priorities. Other findings of this study reveal a growing trend towards extrinsic motivation having a stronger influence on participation in DE.
Descriptors: Distance Education, College Faculty, Teaching Methods, Comparative Analysis, Educational Research, Motivation, Teacher Attitudes, Higher Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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