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Faculty Perspective: Training and Course Development for the Online Classroom

This quantitative study focused on the perceptions of faculty currently instructing online.  The sample consisted of a random selection of instructors teaching at least one online class in the Fall of 2008.  Of the 300 people surveyed, 111 responded, constituting a 37% response rate.  Although researchers tout the importance of training prior to teaching online, this study found that a large percentage of instructors are not receiving any training in pedagogy or technology prior to instructing their first online course.  Findings also indicate that current online instructors desire ongoing training opportunities in technology and pedagogy, believe that it is difficult to convert a course from face-to-face to totally online, and think training should be required prior to instructing online for the first time.  Additionally, a significant difference was found in the perceived preparation of instructors in both technology and pedagogy as a result of training prior to instructing online.


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