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ERIC Number: ED535215
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug
Pages: 58
Abstractor: ERIC
Digital Faculty: Professors, Teaching and Technology, 2012
Allen, I. Elaine; Seaman, Jeff
Babson Survey Research Group
This study reports the results of two related, but separate, surveys. The first is a nationally representative sample of higher education faculty members who are teaching at least one course during the current academic year. A total of 4,564 faculty responded to the survey, representing the full range of higher education institutions (two-year, four-year, all Carnegie classifications, and public, private nonprofit, and for-profit) and the complete range of faculty (full- and part-time, tenured or not, and all disciplines). Three-quarters of the respondents report that they are full-time faculty members. Just over one-quarter teach online, they are evenly split between male and female, and over one-third have been teaching for 20 years or more. A second outreach effort focused on academic administrators--in particular those responsible for academic technology at their institutions. These administrators were asked many of the same questions directed to the faculty, to enable a comparison of how they match (or differ from) the views of the instructors they support. There are a wide variety of titles among those invited to participate--the most common being "Director of Academic Computing" and "Director of Instructional Technology." A total of 591 administrators provided a sufficient number of responses to be included in the study. The respondents include slightly more men than women, with about one-quarter having been in their current position for 20 years or more. The study focuses on what aspects of digital life faculty members are embracing and which they do not use or do not like. The study is primarily concerned with the faculty perspective, and uses results from the administrators to show where the two groups are either in agreement or diverge in their views. Appended are: (1) Chart Data; and (2) Characteristics of the Sample. [This paper, a joint project with "Inside Higher Ed," was written with Doug Lederman and Scott Jaschik. Financial support for this project was provided by CourseSmart, Deltak, Pearson, and Sonic Foundry.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Babson Survey Research Group
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