Sharing Insights: Teachers' Problems and Accomplishments in their Online Day-to-Day Teaching

Sharing Insights: Teachers' Problems and Accomplishments in their Online Day-to-Day Teaching

Carmen Pérez-Fragoso (Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, México)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-942-7.ch013
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Abstract

The case presents an analysis of the postings of a group of online teachers from a Mexican public university as they confront the challenges and rewards of their day-to-day teaching activities. They commented on their problems and accomplishments in a discussion forum during one semester. The problems included academic-administrative issues, difficulties of students in the appropriation of the platforms and the self-regulation of their learning, time management, negotiation and penalization of tasks delayed and other pedagogical concerns to the lack of institutional support. The findings suggest that the problems that online teachers face share specific characteristics and, according to the teachers, are mostly due to the pedagogical relationship being technologically mediated. Through the analysis, the author hopes to illustrate the complex technological, organizational and cultural issues that accompany online teaching and learning, and how the institution and the individual teachers dealt with them.

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