Preparing Online Instructors: Beyond Using the Technology

Preparing Online Instructors: Beyond Using the Technology

Evelyn S. Johnson (Boise State Univesity, USA) and Jane Pitcock (Walden University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-963-7.ch020
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Abstract

This chapter discusses methods for supporting theinstructor in the development of strong learner-learner interactions. In this chapter, we present a brief overview ofthe importance of social learning theories and existing research that support learner-learner interaction as an important aspect of learning. Next, we discuss the multiple factors, and their complex interaction on the instructor’s ability to support learner-learner interaction. Additionally, we report and discuss findings from a qualitative study examining the use of an ecological assessment tool to evaluate an online course’s ability to support learner-learner interaction. The chapter concludes with suggestions for improved approaches to faculty development to support learner-learner interaction.

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