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ERIC Number: ED552498
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 179
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-2679-3305-8
Innovators and Laggards? Faculty Adoption of Online Distance Education
Scott, Thomas Tailor
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Over the past decade, institutions of higher education have seen enrollments in distance education, especially in the form of online learning, proliferate in striking numbers. In fact, some traditional colleges and universities are only experiencing real institutional growth in the areas of online learning. Even though a major push to increase the availability of distance education technology has occurred, effective adoption has not always followed suit. In hopes of speeding up the diffusion process, many colleges and universities have begun to contemplate the increased integration and institutional adoption of online learning. One of the most critical factors administrators must consider is the approval and acceptance by their faculty members. In order to gain an increased understanding of the adoption process, this qualitative study describes the lived experiences and perceptions of faculty members who have chosen to adopt online distance education. Utilizing the Diffusion of Innovations theory as a conceptual framework, this case study describes nine distinct faculty members' processes and experiences regarding the adoption of online distance education. This study focuses on why faculty members decided to adopt online distance education, their innovation-decision process, and how teaching online has impacted their role as a faculty member. [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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