ERIC Number: EJ1089919
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
About Time: A Metacognitive View of Time and Workload Created by Technological Advancements in an Odl Environment
Gous, Ignatius G. P.; Roberts, Jennifer J.
Distance Education, v36 n2 p263-281 2015
Management of time and workload is influenced by the quality of awareness of impacting factors. Faculty has to attend to many responsibilities, with technology in teaching a recent but game-changing impacting factor. This article is a case study which explores the metacognitive awareness of the impact of technology on teaching, learning and research by a senior professor at a distance education institution. Current research often focuses on institutional policy, with less attention being paid to how staff consciously reflect on it. Although policy creates necessary frameworks, a healthy and comprehensive awareness of relevant issues is required for making informed decisions about time and workload. Many academics are so accustomed to being overworked that they seem to become unaware of the rising heat, much like the proverbial "frog in a pot of slowly heated water." What is suggested is that faculty should be skilled in metacognitive awareness strategies, in order to better manage their time and workload.
Descriptors: Metacognition, Technological Advancement, Faculty Workload, Decision Making, Time Management, College Faculty, Case Studies, Influence of Technology, Information Technology, Educational Policy, Work Environment, Distance Education, Higher Education, Open Education, Semi Structured Interviews, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa
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