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ERIC Number: EJ864653
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0011-8052
Instructor Presence for Web-Based Classes
Lear, Janet L.; Isernhagen, Jody C.; LaCost, Barbara A.; King, James W.
Delta Pi Epsilon Journal, v51 n2 p86-98 Spr-Sum 2009
Is instructor presence important in an online distance education class? Yes, said the students of this mixed methods research study. Students (n=241) enrolled in 31 Web-based sections of classes at four Midwestern post-secondary institutions in two different states were surveyed. The survey instrument included both the Rovai Classroom Community Scale (CCS) and the Roblyer Rubric for Assessing Interactive Qualities in Distance Courses. The data suggested that the instructor elements with the most impact were Instructional Designs for Interaction, r=0.448, p less than 0.01, and Evidence of Instructor Engagement, r=0.446, p less than 0.01. Selected students (n=42) were then interviewed to determine if they perceived instructor presence was important. The instructor was mentioned by 81% of the students, either individually or in conjunction with content and/or other students, as a major factor in helping students to develop community in the online environment. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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