ERIC Number: EJ1144818
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
Online Professional and Academic Learning Communities: Faculty Perspectives
Glazer, Hilda R.; Breslin, Mary; Wanstreet, Constance E.
Quarterly Review of Distance Education, v14 n3 p123-130 2013
This study examines faculty perceptions of creating learning communities at a virtual university. Through online focus groups with 18 participants, 3 themes emerged: institutional-level community building as creating a learning culture; instructor-level community building as creating respectful interaction; and learner-level community building as creating positive interdependence. The faculty see themselves as taking on various roles to facilitate community, including being a facilitator, teacher, mentor, and guide; modeling professional behavior; and sharing experience.
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Computer Mediated Communication, Mentors, College Faculty, Virtual Universities, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Role, Qualitative Research, Focus Groups, Group Discussion, Teacher Student Relationship, College Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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