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ERIC Number: EJ923812
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
ISSN: ISSN-0158-7919
The Making of an Exemplary Online Educator
Edwards, Margaret; Perry, Beth; Janzen, Katherine
Distance Education, v32 n1 p101-118 2011
What does it take to be an effective online educator? Can those who teach successfully face-to-face be equally effective online? This article details a descriptive qualitative research study of students' perspectives regarding qualities of exceptional online educators. Participants described interactions they had with online teachers they considered exemplary. Thematic analysis reveals qualities of exemplary online teachers. The article compares findings on excellence in online teaching with findings from an earlier study focused on exemplary face-to-face educators. Similarities and differences between exemplary online teachers and exemplary face-to-face teachers are explored. Findings reveal exemplary online and face-to-face teachers challenge and affirm learners, establish clear classroom presence, and are persons of influence. The findings inform online teachers. Questions for further research are suggested.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada