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Martin, Florence; Wang, Chuang; Sadaf, Ayesha – Online Learning, 2020
Online course facilitation is critical to the success of online courses. Instructors use various facilitation strategies in online courses to engage students. One hundred instructors were surveyed on their perception of helpfulness of twelve different facilitation strategies used in online courses to enhance instructor presence, instructor…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Educational Technology, Teacher Role, Facilitators (Individuals)
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Richardson, Jayson W.; Lingat, John Eric M.; Hollis, Ericka; Pritchard, Mikah – Online Learning, 2020
This article presents results from a study of a year-long, teaching and learning center-directed, professional development initiative that focused on both the technology and the pedagogical supports for online and blended course delivery at a research university. The purpose of this mixed methods study was two-fold. The first purpose was to…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Web Based Instruction, College Faculty, Faculty Development
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Olesova, Larisa; Campbell, Susan – Online Learning, 2019
The "2017 Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology" conducted by Insider Higher Ed reported on the low percentage of partnerships between university faculty and instructional designers in online course development. Experts were unsurprised because instructional designers (IDs) are underutilized, and their role in higher education is…
Descriptors: Mentors, Models, College Faculty, Instructional Design
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Kumar, Swapna; Martin, Florence; Budhrani, Kiran; Ritzhaupt, Albert – Online Learning, 2019
The purpose of this study was to explore award-winning instructors' insights on elements of their course design that were award-winning and the differences between expert and novice online instructors. Interviews were conducted with eight award-winning online faculty members from across the United States who had received online teaching awards…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Professional Recognition, Teaching Methods, Awards
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Askeroth, Jacob H.; Richardson, Jennifer C. – Online Learning, 2019
Included in the discussions regarding the instructional and learning value of massive open online courses (MOOCs) is the question of whether MOOC learners gain much value, if any at all, and has been a continuing debate since MOOCs began. Skeptics argue that MOOCs lack academic rigor and are superficial, while proponents praise them as addressing…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Educational Quality, Online Courses, Web Based Instruction
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Zhu, Meina; Bonk, Curtis J. – Online Learning, 2019
This study investigated the design and delivery of MOOCs to facilitate student self-monitoring for self-directed learning (SDL) using mixed methods. The data sources of this study included an online survey with 198 complete respondents, semistructured interviews with 22 MOOC instructors, and document analysis of 22 MOOCs. Study results indicated…
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Online Courses, Self Management, Teacher Attitudes
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Berry, Sharla – Online Learning, 2019
In this qualitative case study, the researcher followed up on a previous study on community in an online program. Focusing on faculty perspectives, findings suggest that while online students' sense of community was influenced by their interactions in class, in study groups, and at in-person social events, online faculty saw their role in…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Role, College Faculty, Sense of Community
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Martin, Florence; Budhrani, Kiran; Wang, Chuang – Online Learning, 2019
Faculty readiness to teach online is a state of faculty preparedness for online teaching. In this study, it is measured by faculty attitudes about the importance of online teaching competencies and faculty's perceptions of their ability to confidently teach online. Validity and reliability of faculty responses to an online instrument and factors…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Readiness, Web Based Instruction, Online Courses
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Bedford, Laurie – Online Learning, 2019
The Professional Learning Community (PLC) has been used in higher education to provide a platform for faculty members to discuss challenges and build professional skills. While the virtual PLC (VPLC) is becoming a more acceptable delivery mechanism for faculty professional development, successful practices for designing these learning environments…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Social Media, College Faculty, Faculty Development
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Martin, Florence; Budhrani, Kiran; Kumar, Swapna; Ritzhaupt, Albert – Online Learning, 2019
The explosive growth of online learning in institutions of higher education has created a dire need for guidelines that instruct new and continuing online instructors about how best to teach in online spaces. The purpose of this exploratory study was to identify the roles of the online instructor and categorize critical competencies for online…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Online Courses, Teacher Role, Teacher Competencies
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Andrews Graham, D'Nita – Online Learning, 2019
Technology and distance education are on the rise in community colleges, four-year institutions, Ivy League colleges, research institutions, and technical colleges. One of the most significant phenomena occurring in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) today is distance education. Academic leaders can better implement professional…
Descriptors: Educational Benefits, Electronic Learning, Conventional Instruction, Black Colleges
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Wasserman, Egoza; Migdal, Ruth – Online Learning, 2019
Humans have a basic need to be constantly engaged in learning. The learning process, however, has undergone interesting changes as a result of the technological revolution, such as the advent of online learning. Technological changes in learning have also affected professional development courses. The purpose of this study is to compare attitudes…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Online Courses, Foreign Countries, Faculty Development
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Borup, Jered; Evmenova, Anna S. – Online Learning, 2019
Growth of online learning has placed increased pressure on K-12 schools and universities to provide students at all levels with qualified instructors. It is especially important that colleges of education provide pre- and in-service teachers with skilled online instructors so that they can experience the benefit of quality online instruction…
Descriptors: Schools of Education, Electronic Learning, Faculty Development, College Faculty
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Kumi-Yeboah, Alex – Online Learning, 2018
Online education has now become an integral part of the educational landscape in the United States and around the world, where it serves as the primary source of enrollment growth in higher education. The rising student population in online learning mandates instructors and instructional designers to be aware of the importance of cultural factors…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Teacher Collaboration, Cultural Influences, Learning Experience
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Sullivan, Roberta; Neu, Victoria; Yang, Fengrong – Online Learning, 2018
The State University of New York's "Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP)" is an online professional development model that encourages faculty and instructional support staff to explore and reflect on innovative and creative uses of emerging technologies through hands-on Discovery Learning Activities. "TOEP" is focused on creating…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Lifelong Learning
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