The Online Teaching Experience: Teaching With Technology

The Online Teaching Experience: Teaching With Technology

Sorin Walter Gudea (University of Phoenix, USA)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 23
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-747-8.ch005
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Abstract

The chapter explores how teachers use information technology for their online courses, and the possible variations in the meaning they derive from their online teaching experiences. The interviewed teachers share their online experiences and offer several interesting suggestions. Technology is ubiquitous in everybody’s life nowadays, and teachers are no exception to this rule. Whether teaching in the traditional classroom only, or online, the greatest majority of instructors include technology in their teaching process. For example, they prepare course materials on the computer, typing up lectures, student assignments, and presentations. They are definitely not afraid to use technology in support of their teaching, and are not avoiding it. However, the online educational environment is fundamentally different in that it poses specific challenges to teachers. Among the issues that concern them are those related to the instructional processes, media richness, technology reliability, uneven access to technology, and the social isolation of the online teacher. The contents of this chapter should help increase teachers’ awareness of what challenges awaits for them in the online classroom.

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Table of Contents
Foreword
Craig Van Slyke
Acknowledgment
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Chapter 1
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The general focus of the chapter is on the various perspectives of online teaching. Specifically, its objective is to review what has been published... Sample PDF
Perspectives on Online Teaching
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Chapter 2
Teacher Profiles  (pages 27-47)
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This chapter presents a detailed analysis of four in-depth interviews with four selected teachers. Forty-four interviews were performed for this... Sample PDF
Teacher Profiles
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Chapter 3
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This chapter sets out to discover how teachers view online teaching and what they experience when teaching online. It focuses on the stories that... Sample PDF
What to Expect When Teaching Online
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Chapter 4
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In this chapter, teachers share their thoughts regarding the determinants for success in online teaching that makes some online teachers successful.... Sample PDF
Determinants of Online Teaching Success
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Chapter 5
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The chapter explores how teachers use information technology for their online courses, and the possible variations in the meaning they derive from... Sample PDF
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Chapter 6
Online Teaching Demands  (pages 113-136)
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Teachers are aware of and reflect on a variety of issues related to teaching online. In responding to the demands they notice, they highlight... Sample PDF
Online Teaching Demands
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Chapter 7
Gains and Losses  (pages 137-161)
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This chapter reviews the gains and losses experienced by teachers who teach online courses, and the choices they make relative to teaching online. Sample PDF
Gains and Losses
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Chapter 8
Teaching Tradeoffs  (pages 162-182)
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This chapter explores possible tradeoffs teachers identify in relation to online teaching. Instructors, in the process of teaching, have to... Sample PDF
Teaching Tradeoffs
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Chapter 9
Central Ideas: Teaching  (pages 183-209)
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In the previous chapters, teachers shared their online teaching stories. They talked about how the online environment affects them and their... Sample PDF
Central Ideas: Teaching
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Chapter 10
Central Ideas: Technology  (pages 210-235)
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In the previous chapters, teachers shared their experiences and feelings about online teaching; we have seen some of the perspectives related to... Sample PDF
Central Ideas: Technology
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Chapter 11
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This chapter sets out to present a theory of the online teaching experience, as viewed by the teachers of online courses. It draws on the core... Sample PDF
A Theory of the Online Teaching Experience
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Chapter 12
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This chapter concludes the discussion of the online teaching experience by making a few suggestions and offering advice presumably valuable to... Sample PDF
Conclusions and Recommendations
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Grounded Theory: Methodology
Respondent Demographics
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