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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Joy, Donna E.
Author's Email Address aumpeace@msn.com
URN etd-09232004-172606
Title Instructors Transitioning to Online Education
Degree PhD
Department Educational Research
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Lichtman, Marilyn V. Committee Chair
Burge, Penny L. Committee Member
Farahani, Gohar Committee Member
Gatewood, Thomas E. Committee Member
Weinstein, Stuart H. Committee Member
  • Phenomenological Research
  • Distance Education
  • Online Education
Date of Defense 2004-09-02
Availability unrestricted

The motivation and importance of this study was influenced by my own experience of transitioning from traditional face-to-face to online instruction. For this study, I conducted telephone interviews with 12 instructors meeting the specified qualifications. I also conducted email interviews with participants for 5 weeks. Transcripts of all interviews are located in the appendices. I used a combination of first person, hermeneutic and existential phenomenological approaches to investigate the lived experiences of college and university instructors who have transitioned from traditional face-to-face to online instruction. Several minor themes were revealed. The overall theme is that the online classroom system is an emerging culture with some unique advantages. The paper ends with a major question to be further examined: Would the results be different if less experienced instructors were interviewed?

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