Getting Time to Teach: The Adoption of Online Courses by University Professors

Getting Time to Teach: The Adoption of Online Courses by University Professors

Scott Reid (Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5051-0.ch005
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Abstract

This case follows the journey of a researcher as he examines the issue of university professors’ time when they teach online courses. It is based on a case study involving semi-structured interviews with 32 university professors who had taught online courses at a Canadian university. The findings indicate that the use of online courses is significantly impacting the amount of time it takes professors to develop courses, teach, and assess students’ learning. The researcher also discovers how teaching online changes the daily routine of professors in a number of ways. Some of the increased demands on professors’ time may be of a transitional nature given the newness of the means of teaching and the still evolving practice in this area.

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