ERIC Number: EJ869277
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
The Ties that Bind: How Faculty Learning Communities Connect Online Adjuncts to Their Virtual Institutions
Velez, Angela M.
Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, v12 n2 Sum 2009
Online learning is in its infancy compared to other types of learning in the history of academe. Because of its limited history, there is much to be discovered about the ontological, axiological, and epistemological aspects of this technology-driven learning environment. While literature is saturated with online student experiences, and the differences between online and traditional teaching and learning, one area has been relatively unexplored: the relationship between the virtual instructor and his or her institution. This paper discusses findings from a recent dissertation study that, in part, sought to operationalize the construct of collegiality for online instructors. The literature and the study suggest that fostering this connection from the virtual faculty to their institution is incredibly important and it is argued that to do so a Virtual Community of Practice and Faculty Learning Communities should be developed and nurtured.
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Online Courses, Collegiality, College Faculty, Higher Education, Adjunct Faculty, Virtual Classrooms, Communities of Practice, Administrators
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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