ERIC Number: EJ787556
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 32
Web-Based Instruction and Community College Faculty Workload
Mupinga, Davison M.; Maughan, George R.
College Teaching, v56 n1 p17-21 Win 2008
Faculty workload is based on the amount of time spent on teaching, research, and service. The workload varies according to institutional focus, teaching field, type of course, course level, and instructional format. Compared with traditional face-to-face courses, online courses require a disproportionate investment of time and effort by faculty, necessitating special consideration when calculating faculty workload. The authors examine the workload for faculty teaching online courses in community colleges, specifically, the number of online classes taught per semester, class sizes for online courses, incentives for online instructors and how the workload for online instructors is calculated. Results indicate inconsistent practices within and between institutions; the workload for online instructors based on class sizes is less than, equal to, or more than that of faculty teaching face-to-face courses. Further investigations into common practices at other institutions and dialogue between administrators and faculty to discuss workload issues are recommended.
Descriptors: Investigations, Community Colleges, Web Based Instruction, Online Courses, Faculty Workload, College Faculty, Teacher Responsibility, Computer Uses in Education
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