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ERIC Number: ED546000
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 186
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2675-7415-2
Challenges Faced by Faculty Who Transition to Post-Secondary Online Education
Chester, Maryanne Christine
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
Online education has provided the opportunity for many learners to pursue higher education. However, training is crucial for instructors who may be hesitant to transition to online teaching, unaware of online teaching strategies, and lack support from educational institutions. The purpose of this qualitative case study was to narrow the knowledge gap on transitional challenges and online educational concepts to develop effective training for successful transition to online teaching. Galbraith and Wlodkowski's theories on effective instruction formed the conceptual framework for the study. The study addressed two research questions involving understanding challenges faculty members encounter when transitioning from traditional teaching to online education and the factors faculty consider when transitioning to online teaching. Open and axial coding methods were used to analyze the data gathered from participant responses to the structured interview and open-ended journal instruments. The findings revealed that participants encountered technology, communication, and student interaction challenges. The findings also revealed teaching strategies, management, and training as factors to consider when teaching online. The findings of this study provided pertinent information on specific training strategies that may help advance students' access to online education. Implications for positive social change include introducing a training guidebook that can help online instructors teach effectively and providing online instructors with an increased knowledge of the challenges and key concepts of online education. Increased efficacy can result in improved student satisfaction and academic outcomes. [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:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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