Teaching Tradeoffs

Teaching Tradeoffs

Sorin Walter Gudea (University of Phoenix, USA)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 21
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-747-8.ch008
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Abstract

This chapter explores possible tradeoffs teachers identify in relation to online teaching. Instructors, in the process of teaching, have to constantly interact with their students, with their peers, with academic departments, with school administrators, course developers, and many others. The environment in which they function—the form of teaching—poses specific challenges they need to recognize and manage in order to maintain their effectiveness as teachers. The subjects who were interviewed for this book share their perceptions and experiences regarding the potential and actual tradeoffs to online teaching. They try to compensate, for example, for the lack of visual communication cues factual in the online environment, by modifying the design of the presentation slides they use in class and by changing the format of the course to adapt the materials to the different modality. They also note behavioral changes and gains in communication, with some teachers reporting changing to a completely different online persona. The tradeoffs lead to adjustments that may affect the instructors’ communication style, teaching style, and even their entire teaching philosophy. Ultimately, these affect their career choices.

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Table of Contents
Foreword
Craig Van Slyke
Acknowledgment
Sorin Walter Gudea
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
The Online Teaching Experience: Teaching With Technology
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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
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