Type of Document Dissertation Author Joy, Donna E. Author's Email Address email@example.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 Keywords
- Phenomenological Research
- Distance Education
- Online Education
Date of Defense 2004-09-02 Availability unrestricted Abstract
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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