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ERIC Number: EJ778719
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Sep
Pages: 24
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0360-1315
Developing a Taxonomy of Faculty Participation in Asynchronous Learning Environments--An Exploratory Investigation
Blignaut, Seugnet; Trollip, Stanley R.
Computers & Education, v41 n2 p149-172 Sep 2003
Anecdotal evidence suggests that instructor performance in the online discussion portion of online courses has a major impact on learning and learner satisfaction. If this is the case, faculty development is an important component of success. This paper describes the development of a taxonomy of six categories to describe instructor postings to asynchronous discussions in online courses. This taxonomy was used during the inspection of 18 post-graduate level course sections at a Midwest university. The resulting data show that there is considerable variation in faculty teaching styles, interaction, and the amount of content-related feedback. The process also allowed issues such timeliness of feedback and responsiveness of faculty to be quantified. In-depth interviews with instructors and learners with experience of online courses were conducted to validate the qualitative data.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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