The Changed Role of Professor in Online Courses

The Changed Role of Professor in Online Courses

Scott Reid (Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 16
DOI: 10.4018/ijopcd.2012010102
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Abstract

This qualitative research paper examines how the role of a university professor changes in asynchronous online courses and makes analytical comments about the significance of these changes. Semi-structured interviews with 32 professors who have taught online courses provide insight into the perspective of early adopters of this relatively new technology. The findings highlight several issues such as; the skills needed, the flow of information, the less centralized role of the professor, variations based on personality, the pre-planning required, and how previous experience impacts on the degree of role change required.
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Literature Review

While recognizing this interdependence between social, organizational and individual factors, this paper will focus on the change required by individuals in the adoption of new technology. Before examining literature specifically related to the adoption of online courses, it is useful to look at literature related to how individuals make decisions about the adoption and use any new technology.

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