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ERIC Number: ED535634
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 88
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-2670-4305-4
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A Delphi Method Study on Triggering Transactional Distance to Improve Students' Learning: The Instructor's Rubric
Maston, Heidi L.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Fielding Graduate University
The 21st century ushered in change with the increased use of technology in educational delivery methods and opened doors for a new generation of students. While the debate over pedagogy, content design and overall effectiveness of this delivery format continues, scholars have not attended to the lessons of earlier theorists. This study examined a foundational theory of distance education, transactional distance (TD) and the potential to increase academic learning via sets of parameters instigated by the instructor. These sets of variables are described in the Instructor's Engagement Rubric 1.0, which was created through this study following a three-round investigation of current and anticipated behaviors discovered in this study and accomplished in accordance with the research methodologies of the Delphi Method. The responses to this Delphi study produced the following results. Three themes emerged: (a) The technological tools in the transactional distance classroom are being used in a variety of manners and with little consistency as to desired outcome, (b) There is inconsistency with the identification of the role of the instructor in a TD classroom, (c) The data also indicated that there are certain combinations of tools and purposeful interactions that can create an improved learning environment for the student. These data produced the Instructor's Engagement Rubric 1.0 (IER 1.0), which is now available for use. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
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Language: English
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