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ERIC Number: EJ1096991
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1941-3394
Using Clinical Teaching Assistants to Foster Student Engagement in Online Courses
Gatlin, Kerry; Alexander, Paulette
Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, v4 Oct 2010
The rapid growth in delivery of online courses in business programs has resulted in concern among faculty that the educational experience in online courses will be less rich and that the courses will too closely mirror independent study experiences. The authors undertook a pilot project regarding the use of Clinical Teaching Assistants in large enrollment online courses as a strategy to improve the online course experience and to encourage student engagement. Clinical Teaching Assistants, unlike graduate assistants, hold masters degrees or higher and have substantial business experience. The Clinical Teaching Assistants were teamed with full-time faculty members assigned to the various large section courses. The project was conducted over an academic year and involved over three hundred students enrolled in six different courses. Results were extremely positive. The pilot initiative was deemed a solid success by the faculty members involved, by the clinical teaching assistants, and importantly by the students. In one surprising finding, students indicated that the large online sections provided for more engagement and better feedback than they experienced in smaller traditional face-to-face classes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alabama
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