Training Prospective Online Instructors: Theories Utilized by Current Online Instructors

Training Prospective Online Instructors: Theories Utilized by Current Online Instructors

MarySue Cicciarelli (Duquesne University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-150-6.ch012
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Abstract

Research shows that training prospective online instructors in an online learning environment is advantageous. One effective training topic is on use of theory when designing curriculum. Information in this study reports what empirical research shows about online instructor use of different design theories. It identifies design theories that have not been researched in regard to online instructor utilization of theory, and it illustrates how frequently online instructors use nine of the design theories.
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There are three schools of psychology in which theories are categorized; Behaviorism, Cognitivism, and Humanism. It is believed that one school of theory is not better than the other, and individuals are encouraged to apply the theory that is the most appropriate for the student (Pinar, Reynolds, Slatery, & Taubman, 1996; Joyce, Weil, & Calhoun, 2000; Tomei, 2007).

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