Leading a Change Initiative: Efforts to Improve Faculty Perceptions of Online Courses

Shelly Albritton (University of Central Arkansas, USA)
Copyright: © 2011 |Pages: 77
EISBN13: 9781609606626|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-111-9.ch005
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This chapter explores the challenges that a college of education in a South-Central university faced with online learning. Nationally, there has been an exponential growth in the demand and subsequent delivery of online courses. The college experienced a similar growth trend and has had its share of successes and disillusionments in its journey. The college’s technology committee explored faculty perceptions of online learning. This case study details the findings of the action research and presents the initial steps for implementing changes to improve practices and perceptions with online learning. However, the initial efforts of the technology committee have just begun to scratch the surface of systemic change. The chapter concludes with the committee’s goals, objectives, and action plans to continue to lead the college through a change process to improve the practices and perceptions of online learning.
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