Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The impact of online teaching on higher education faculty's professional identity and the role of technology: The coming of age of the virtual teacher
by Simon, Edwige, Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder, 2012, 280; 3508146
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation employs a mixed method approach to investigate the impact of online teaching on higher education educators' professional identity, and the role played by technology in this process. Previous work on faculty preparation to teach online does not acknowledge that before changing practices, it is necessary to examine the values and belief systems that underlie those practices. I first examine the results of two qualitative studies that compare two groups of teachers who experienced the transition to online teaching in different ways. The first group was comprised of teachers who teach both online and face-to-face, but who expressed a clear preference for the face-to-face classroom and reportedly experienced difficulty enacting their professional identity in the online classroom. The second group was comprised of online teachers with a record of online teaching excellence, but who reportedly enjoy both modalities equally. I then examine the results of a quantitative study that considers the degree to which findings from the first two studies can be generalized. This research helps identify how online learning is changing both teachers and the teaching profession within higher education, why many faculty remain ambivalent about online teaching, and suggests ways to address these challenges.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bennett, John K.
Commitee: Gunawardena, Charlotte N., Hug, Sarah, Sicker, Doug C., Sieber, Diane E.
School: University of Colorado at Boulder
Department: Atlas
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: DAI-A 73/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Educational technology
Keywords: Case study, Higher education, Online faculty, Professional identity, Teaching identity, Technology
Publication Number: 3508146
ISBN: 9781267337047
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