This research paper from the Journal of Online Teaching and Learning (JOLT) discusses how institutions of higher learning, are experiencing an increased demand and need for online courses. However, the number of faculty developing and teaching these courses does not match the growth in online education. The purpose of this study was to determine the perceived barriers to online teaching experienced by various faculty groups.
Type of Material:
Open journal article
Useful for anyone exploring the topic or interesting in finding data such as graduate education students or higher education administrators.
Fully functioning website operating in any browser.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The user is provided with the research and survey results of an exploration of the barriers to online teaching.
Target Student Population:
Useful for those interested in the learning goals above: teachers, admins, student teachers, etc.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
The findings of the paper are backed up by credible research. The article is detailed and exhibits breadth and depth of knowledge.
Results are rather generic: “The results of this study suggest that the perceived barriers to online teaching vary according to faculty gender, experience, and rank.” This is a broad statement that might be supposed even without the research conclusions reported in the article.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The data is tallied in easy to understand tables which could be used for further research. The references are strong and the article is a nice introduction to the subject matter.
While the article is not specifically designed for the classroom, it could be used as an assigned reading in an education course.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The website is easily navigated with active links to resources cited.
The article is aimed at an advanced audience.
Other Issues and Comments:
Creative Commons: Creative Commons License- This work is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States
This is a well written article. Future research should be most elucidating.
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