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ERIC Number: ED568318
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 125
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3038-4887-2
Increased Enrollments in Online Courses in a Community College and the Impact on Faculty Attitudes
Cavalier, Jacqueline M.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
The site of this study is a community college in Southwestern Pennsylvania where a two-fold problem exists: The administration increased class size in online courses with no faculty input, and the current collective bargaining between the union faculty and the college administration does not address online teaching as separate from teaching in the traditional setting. The conceptual framework for this study was based on Knowles' andragogy theory complemented by research relevant to optimum class size in online courses and how traditional learning theories translate to the online environment. The purpose of this particularistic qualitative case study was to analyze what impact, if any, increased enrollments in online courses have on faculty attitudes towards teaching online and whether or not increased enrollments deter full-time faculty from teaching the same number of courses online as in the past, or teaching online at all. Data were collected from open-ended interviews with 10 full-time faculty members who teach both traditional and online courses from one campus. Category construction was employed to establish themes based on the participants' attitudes and experiences. Three themes emerged from this study: (a) identifiable differences exist between teaching online and in the traditional setting, (b) class size is not the only factor that impacts one's decision to teach or not to teach online, and (c) increased class size impacts the instructional approach in online courses. The end product of this study was a white-paper report that made recommendations for positive social change in the development and inclusion of language specific to teaching and learning in the online environment in the collective bargaining agreement between the faculty and college. [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: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania