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ERIC Number: EJ1127604
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2159-0281
Using Teaching Circles Amongst Online Adjunct Faculty
Ashton, Jennifer
Journal of Instructional Research, v1 p11-15 2012
Adjunct faculty members teaching online often experience feelings of isolation and lack of connection to the larger academic community. The current study examines the impact of teaching circles and the effectiveness of teaching circles in creating a sense of community for online adjunct professors in the asynchronous learning environment. Factors contributing to participation in the teaching circle included: newness to online teaching, professors looking for new teaching strategies, and professors experiencing a lapse of time from previously facilitating the selected course. The teaching circles allowed the professors facilitating the same course content to share best practices, communicate with online faculty members to reduce the feeling of isolation, and create a stronger connection to the university.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona (Phoenix)
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