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ERIC Number: ED567413
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 231
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3038-0992-7
Pioneers of Asynchronous Online Education at Religion-Based Institutions of Higher Education: A Multiple Case Study Exploring the Process of Adoption of Online Education at Three Private Catholic Colleges
Hansen, Alan
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Illinois State University
This qualitative study examined the process of adopting online education at three private colleges. All three institutions participating in the study were private Catholic colleges that offered their first online courses in the late 1990s. The research question posed for this study was: Within the participating institutions, how did online education get started and what was the process for its development? Findings from this research indicated that, for an institution to successfully implement online education, four elements emerged: (a) some form of infrastructure needed to be in place that could support online education, (b) a latent force, referred to as an engine, was necessary to provide ongoing support, (c) an innovator, who had a strong interest in online education, was imperative, and (d) a bridge builder, who provided credibility, communication, and coordination between stakeholders, was critical to the sustainability of the online initiative. The institution successfully implementing online education also needed significant amounts of personnel, funding, and technology. [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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