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Title: Essential Practices for Online Instruction: A Study Using Delphi Techniques
Authors: Hayman, Jenni Louise
Supervisor(s): Moisey, Susan (Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University)
Examining Committee: Richards, Griff (Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University)
Kanuka, Heather (University of Alberta)
Degree: M.Ed.(DE)
Department: Centre for Distance Education
Keywords: Online Instruction
Online Practices
Issue Date: 3-Nov-2013
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to develop a set of essential practices for online instruction at a higher education institution. The literature of online learning indicated that traditional classroom-based instructors needed support and professional development to adapt their teaching methods for effective online course delivery. Many instructors at the participant institution for this study were asked to teach online; however, they received very few guidelines for online instruction and minimal support. Using techniques based on the Delphi Method, a group of expert online instructors at the participant institution was asked to agree on a set of practices they considered essential for online instruction. The initial set of practices was developed through a qualitative analysis of 18 references from the literature of online learning. The final set of practices the participants agreed were essential, 37 items in total, may represent an effective starting point for professional development and support of online instructors at the participant institution.
Graduation Date: Oct-2013
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10791/35
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