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ERIC Number: EJ936389
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1027-5207
Dedication, Humbleness, and Audacity: Advice from Pathfinder Faculty to Colleagues New to Online Distance Education
Ribeiro, Luis Roberto de Camargo; de Oliveira, Marcia Rozenfeld Gomes; Mill, Daniel
European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, n1 2011
This article examines distance education (DE) in the context to which is most frequently applied, i.e., higher education, and from the perspective of some of its most important actors, i.e., teachers. This study, of a qualitative nature, was conducted at a public university in Brazil. Data were collected by means of unstructured interviews, observations, and a questionnaire with close- and open-ended questions. Since DE is a relatively novel educational modality in Brazilian public higher education, this study asked pathfinder faculty to give advice to upcoming colleagues, most of them experienced in face-to-face higher education, but new to DE. Cooperation, commitment, organization, and above all courage and humility to learn and openness to new experiences, are, according to this research, attitudes essential to novice DE teachers. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Brazil