ERIC Number: EJ804935
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
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The Impact of Faculty Attitudes toward Technology, Distance Education, and Innovation
Tabata, Lynn N.; Johnsrud, Linda K.
Research in Higher Education, v49 n7 p625-646 Nov 2008
Distance education plays an important role in broadening educational access and increasing higher educational opportunities. The success, however, for any distance education initiative relies on a critical and core resource, namely having participating faculty who provide quality instruction. This study uses survey design and diffusion of innovation theory to examine faculty participation in relation to their technology use, their attitudes toward technology and distance education, and their adoption of innovations at a public postsecondary 10-campus system. Ordinal regression analysis identified 20 significant variables (16 predictors representing the four latent dimensions of the conceptual model and four demographic characteristics) that explain faculty participation in distance education. The findings identify a number of core issues underlying faculty participation and non-participation in distance education which pose implications for policy and practice relevant to technology use and skills, training and development, course design and technical support, quality issues, and workload and compensation.
Descriptors: Technical Support, Distance Education, Access to Education, College Faculty, Surveys, Regression (Statistics), Predictor Variables, Educational Technology, Instructional Innovation, Technological Advancement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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