Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Pioneers of asynchronous online education at religion-based institutions of higher education: A multiple case study exploring the process of adoption of online education at three private Catholic colleges
by Hansen, Alan, Ph.D., Illinois State University, 2008, 231; 3615166
Abstract (Summary)

This qualitative study examined the process of adopting online education at three private colleges. All three institutions participating in the study were private Catholic colleges that offered their first online courses in the late 1990s. The research question posed for this study was: Within the participating institutions, how did online education get started and what was the process for its development? Findings from this research indicated that, for an institution to successfully implement online education, four elements emerged: (a) some form of infrastructure needed to be in place that could support online education, (b) a latent force, referred to as an engine, was necessary to provide ongoing support, (c) an innovator, who had a strong interest in online education, was imperative, and (d) a brdige builder, who provided credibility, communication, and coordination between stakeholders, was critical to the sustainability of the online initiative. The institution successfully implementing online education also needed significant amounts of personnel, funding, and technology.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Palmer, James
Commitee: Durflinger, Norman, Gardner, Dianne, Nur-Awaleh, Mohamed
School: Illinois State University
Department: Educational Administration and Foundations: Educational Administration
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 75/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Religion, Higher Education Administration, Educational leadership, Organization Theory
Keywords: Bridge builder, Catholic colleges, Distance education, Innovation, Online education
Publication Number: 3615166
ISBN: 9781303809927
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