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ERIC Number: EJ852047
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1195-4353
Perceptions about Teaching Online versus in a Classroom Environment
Siedlaczek, Kathy
College Quarterly, v7 n3 Sum 2004
The introduction of computer and communications technology, and particularly the internet, into education has opened up some new possibilities for teaching and learning. Courses designed and delivered in an online environment offer the possibility of highly interactive and individually focussed teaching and learning experiences. However, online courses also present new challenges for both teachers and students. This study explored teachers' perceptions about the similarities and differences in teaching in the online and face-to-face (F2F) environments. The teachers shared some of the benefits they perceived about teaching online as well as some of the challenges they had faced and challenges they perceived students had faced online. Overall, the teachers felt that there were more similarities than differences in teaching in the two environments, with the main differences being the change from F2F verbal interactions involving body language to online written interactions, and the fundamental reliance on technology in the online environment. These findings support previous research in online teaching and learning, and add teachers' perspectives on the factors that affect them in the online environment. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada