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Year 2018, Volume 19, Issue 4, 176 - 197, 01.10.2018
https://doi.org/10.17718/tojde.471915

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(2014). 10 Online Learning Trends to Watch in 2015. Retrieved November 4, 2017 from http://www.edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2014/12/10-onlinelearning-trends-watch-2015-infographic-0 Stella, A. & Gnanam, A. (2004). Quality assurance in distance education: the challenges to be addressed. Higher Education, 47,143-160 Sun, P., Tsai, R. J., Finger, G., Chen, Y., & Yeh, D. (2008). What drives a successful elearning? An empirical investigation of the critical factors influencing learner satisfaction. Computers and Education, 50(4), 1103–1586. Taylor, A., & McQuiggan, C. (2008). Faculty development programming: If we build it, will they come? Educause Quarterly, 31(3), 28-37 Twigg, C. (2001). Innovations in online learning: Moving beyond no significant difference. New York: Center for Academic Transformation. Retrieved on September 20, 2015, from http://www.thencat.org/Monographs/Mono4.pdf Weaver, D., Robbie, D., & Borland, R. (2008). The practitioner’s model: Designing a professional development program for online teaching. International Journal on ELearning, 7(4), 759-774. Wu, J. P., Tsai, R. J., Chen, C. C., & Wu, Y. C. (2006). An integrative model to predict the continuance use of electronic learning systems: hints for teaching. International Journal on E-Learning, 5(2), 287–302

Supporting Faculty to Face Challenges in Design and Delivery of Quality Courses in Virtual Learning Environments

Year 2018, Volume 19, Issue 4, 176 - 197, 01.10.2018
https://doi.org/10.17718/tojde.471915

Abstract

Existing guidelines, standards, and frameworks for addressing quality of online courses often highlight the importance of setting up effective systems to support faculty in overcoming the emerging challenges they face in design and delivery of these courses. However, not much information is available in literature on the means of tackling these difficulties, which are ever evolving in line with the dynamic nature of learning technologies and mode of teaching and learning in virtual environments. This qualitative study sought to identify these challenges and emerging solutions. Data was collected using interviews with academic administrators and faculty experienced in design and delivery of online courses and programs. As a result, several themes emerged, among them the need for an academic institution to dynamically adapt its mission and culture to the evolving nature of online teaching and learning. Other emergent challenges and suggested solutions are discussed.

References

  • Allen, I.E. & Seaman, J. (2017). Digital learning compass: Distance education enrolment report 2017. Baran, E. & Correia, A. P. (2014). A professional development framework for online teaching. Techtrends, 58, 96-102. doi:10.1007/s11528-014-0791-0. 196 Berge, Z.L. (1995). Facilitating computer conferencing: Recommendations from the field. Educational Technology. 35(1) 22-30. Bolliger, D. U., & Wasilik, O. (2009). Factors influencing faculty satisfaction with online teaching and learning in higher education. Distance Education, 30(1), 103-116. doi:10.1080/01587910902845949 Clark, D. B., Tanner-Smith, E. E., & Killingsworth, S. S. (2016). Digital games, design, and learning: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Review of Educational Research, 86(1), 79-122. Creswell, J.W. (2007). Research Design: Choosing among five approaches. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Dabbagh, N., & Bannan-Ritland, B. (2005). Online learning: Concepts, strategies, and applications. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall. Daniel, J. & Uvalic´-Trumbic´, S. (2013) A guide to quality in online learning. Retrieved October 10, 2017 from http://www.chea.org/userfiles/uploads/A%20Guide%20to%20Quality%20in% 20Online%20Learning.pdf Friedman, J. (2017). Five Online Education Trends to Watch in 2017. Retrieved October 20, 2017 from https://www.usnews.com/higher-education/onlineeducation/articles/2017-01-05/5-online-education-trends-to-expect-in-2017 Garza, R. L. (2009). Online education and organizational change. Community College Review, 37(1), 81-101. Garza, R. L. (2010). Approaching common ground: Defining quality in online education. New Directions for Community Colleges, 150, 89-94. Gaytan, J. (2015). Comparing faculty and student perceptions regarding factors that affect student retention in online education. American Journal of Distance Education, 29(1), 56-66. Hunt, D., Davis, K., Richardson, D., Hammock, G., Akins, M., & Russ, L. (2014). It is (more) about the students: Faculty motivations and concerns regarding teaching online. Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 17(2). Jung, I. S. (2008). Quality assurance and continuous quality improvement in distance education. In T. Evans. Haughey, & D. Murphy (Eds.), International handbook of distance education (pp. 609–624). London: Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Jung, I. S. (2010). The dimensions of e-learning quality: from the learner’s perspective. Education Technology Research and Development, DOI:10.1007/s11423-010- 9171-4. Jung, I. S., Wong, T. M., Chen L., Baigaltugs, S., & Belawati, T. (2011). Quality assurance in Asian distance education: Diverse approaches and common culture. International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 12(6), 63–83. Kim, K.J., & Bonk, C. J. (2006). The future of online teaching and learning in higher education: The survey says… Educause Quarterly, 29(4), 22-30 Ko, S. & Rossen, S. (2010). Teaching online: A practical guide. New York: Routledge Kolomitro, K., & MacKenzie, L. W. (2017). Using Assessment to Promote Deep and Active Learning in an Online Anatomy Course. The FASEB Journal, 31(1 Supplement), 584-2. Lieblein, E. (2000). Critical factors for successful delivery of online programs. Internet and Higher Education, 3(3), 161-174. Lincoln, Y., & Guba, E. (1985). Naturalistic inquiry. New York: Sage. 197 Liu, X., Bonk, C. J., Magjuka, R. J., Lee, S., Su, B. (2005). Exploring four dimensions of online instructor roles: A program level case study. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks 9 (4), 29-48. Martin, F., & Ndoye, A. (2016). Using learning analytics to assess student learning in online courses. Journal of University Teaching & Learning Practice, 13(3), 1-20. Martin, F. & Parker, M.A. (2014). Use of Synchronous Virtual Classrooms: Why, Who and How? MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 10(2), 192-210. Martin, F., Polly, D., Jokiaho, A., & May, B. (2017). Global standards for enhancing quality in online learning. The Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 18(2), 1-10. Merchant, Z., Goetz, E. T., Cifuentes, L., Keeney-Kennicutt, W., & Davis, T. J. (2014). Effectiveness of virtual reality-based instruction on students’ learning outcomes in K-12 and higher education: A meta-analysis. Computers & Education, 70, 29-40. Miles, M. B. and Huberman, A. M. (1994). Qualitative data analysis: An expanded sourcebook, 2nd Ed. Thousand Oaks: Sage. Orr, R., Williams, M. R., & Pennington, K. (2009). Institutional efforts to support faculty in online teaching. Innovative Higher Education, 34(4), 257. Sellani, R. J., & Harrington, W. (2002). Addressing administrator/faculty conflict in an academic online environment. The Internet and Higher Education, 5(2), 131-145. Shelton, K., (2011). A review of paradigms for evaluating the quality of online education programs. Online Journal of Distance learning Administration, 4(1). Smith, D.F. (2014). 10 Online Learning Trends to Watch in 2015. Retrieved November 4, 2017 from http://www.edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2014/12/10-onlinelearning-trends-watch-2015-infographic-0 Stella, A. & Gnanam, A. (2004). Quality assurance in distance education: the challenges to be addressed. Higher Education, 47,143-160 Sun, P., Tsai, R. J., Finger, G., Chen, Y., & Yeh, D. (2008). What drives a successful elearning? An empirical investigation of the critical factors influencing learner satisfaction. Computers and Education, 50(4), 1103–1586. Taylor, A., & McQuiggan, C. (2008). Faculty development programming: If we build it, will they come? Educause Quarterly, 31(3), 28-37 Twigg, C. (2001). Innovations in online learning: Moving beyond no significant difference. New York: Center for Academic Transformation. Retrieved on September 20, 2015, from http://www.thencat.org/Monographs/Mono4.pdf Weaver, D., Robbie, D., & Borland, R. (2008). The practitioner’s model: Designing a professional development program for online teaching. International Journal on ELearning, 7(4), 759-774. Wu, J. P., Tsai, R. J., Chen, C. C., & Wu, Y. C. (2006). An integrative model to predict the continuance use of electronic learning systems: hints for teaching. International Journal on E-Learning, 5(2), 287–302

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Primary Language English
Subjects Social
Journal Section Articles
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Francis KIBARU This is me

Publication Date October 1, 2018
Application Date July 24, 2018
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Published in Issue Year 2018, Volume 19, Issue 4

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APA Kıbaru, F. (2018). Supporting Faculty to Face Challenges in Design and Delivery of Quality Courses in Virtual Learning Environments . Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education , 19 (4) , 176-197 . DOI: 10.17718/tojde.471915