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ERIC Number: EJ881501
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0307-5079
What Do University Teachers Think eLearning Is Good for in Their Teaching?
Gonzalez, Carlos
Studies in Higher Education, v35 n1 p61-78 Feb 2010
Although numerous studies have been conducted on conceptions of teaching, research extending this investigation into conceptions of teaching using eLearning is rare. This study employed a phenomenographic approach to investigate what university teachers think eLearning is good for in their teaching. Four qualitatively different ways of conceiving of eLearning were discovered: (a) to provide information to students; (b) for occasional communication among unit participants; (c) to engage students in online discussions; and (d) to support knowledge-building tasks. Four dimensions of variation provided a more detailed picture. These were: role of teacher, role of students, unit participants' interaction and perception of embeddedness with face-to-face component. Results are situated in line with those from previous research and indicate an emerging consensus of findings. Academic developers may benefit from these outcomes by using them in designing eLearning support programs. Further studies confirming or challenging previous findings, as well as associating conceptions of eLearning and teaching, are proposed. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia