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ERIC Number: EJ875022
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1528-3518
Teachers' Perceptions of the Application of Design Elements
Zheng, Lihua; Smaldino, Sharon E.
Quarterly Review of Distance Education, v7 n1 p35-47 2006
This study explores distance instructors' perceptions and attitudes related to applying key elements of instructional design in preparing to teach at a distance. Although one role of a distance instructor is to design instruction, it is not known if and how he or she knows, understands, and applies instructional design elements when he or she teaches at a distance. Teaching at a distance is not an easy task. Yet, instructors will benefit if they understand and apply instructional design elements when preparing their instruction. Thus, it is important to examine the perceptions of their understanding and application of instructional design elements in the distance teaching process. Recent studies show that there has been little research in this field. Therefore, it is the intent of this study to offer a contribution to this aspect of the literature. Since the design of instruction may directly affect teaching effectiveness in distance education, it is important for distance teaching faculty to understand and apply instructional design elements in the distance teaching process. The information gained from this study will provide an understanding of how the application of instructional design elements affects the design for instruction in distance education. The data acquired from the study will also provide administrators, instructional designers, and instructors involved in distance education with vital decision-making information related to instructional design to facilitate distance teaching. In addition, distance education program planners and educators can use this knowledge to improve the quality of distance teaching by making necessary resources and services available to distance teachers. The information will also serve as a basis for further research in distance education. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers; Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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