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Comparison of Student and Instructor Perceptions of Best Practices in Online Technology Courses

Comparison of Student and Instructor Perceptions of Best Practices in Online Technology Courses

This study investigated the perception of students and instructors in online technology courses relative to the use of seven principles that demonstrate good practices in undergraduate education. The principles were originally developed for face-to-face instruction, but are applicable in a variety of instructional delivery methods. Results show that on average, students perceived that two of the seven practices were utilized by instructors at a high level which was consistent with instructor emphasis. For the remaining five principles, students perceived these at a medium level, also consistent with instructor emphasis. The study also compared the means of the instructor to the students' means in the same online class and demonstrated that their perception of the use of the seven principles were not significantly different. Implications of these findings are discussed and recommendations are provided for how instructors can utilize strategies to increase the level of perception of use of the principles that rated medium to low.

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