ERIC Number: EJ1036726
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
A National Study of Theories and Their Importance for Faculty Development for Online Teaching
Meyer, Katrina A.; Murrell, Vicki S.
Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, v17 n2 Sum 2014
This article presents the results of a national study of 39 higher education institutions that collected information about their practices for faculty development for online teaching and particularly the content and training activities used during 2011-2012. An instrument of 26 items was developed based on a review of literature on faculty development for online teaching and analyzed in Meyer (2014). The study found that 72% (n = 29) organizations used learning style theory as a basis for their training activities, followed by 69% that used adult learning (Merriam, 2001) and self-directed learning (Knowles, 1975), 64% that used Kolb's (1984) experiential learning model, 59% that used Knowles' (1975) andragogy theories, and 54% that used various instructional design models. Models of good practice were strongly favored (79%) over research on online learning (31%) or theories of learning (23%) in faculty training. Pedagogies of online learning were most important to 92% of the respondents, while research about online learning was most important to only 23% of those who completed the survey. Differences based on Carnegie classification were also found.
Descriptors: Colleges, Faculty Development, Electronic Learning, Measures (Individuals), Educational Research, Classification, Cognitive Style, Learning Theories, Adult Learning, Independent Study, Andragogy, Instructional Design, Experiential Learning, Teacher Surveys, Likert Scales
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Adult Education
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