University faculty's perspectives on the roles of E-instructors and their online instruction practice

Chiungsui Chang, Hun Yi Shen, Eric Zhi Feng Liu

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Abstract

Despite the rapid use of e-Learning in higher education, the beliefs of instructors about and their practices during online instruction have been seldom addressed. This study explores the role perceptions of e-instructors in higher education. In total, 106 instructors from 20 Taiwanese universities filled out a questionnaire. Analytical results indicate that "content expertise" and "instructional designer" are perceived by university faculty as the key components in e-instruction in higher education. A gap exists between ideal and practical roles of e-instructors in higher education. Role perceptions and role-based practices of e-instructors in higher education differ significantly in terms of gender and teaching experience. This study also provides suggestions for e-instructor training.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-92
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Faculty's perceptions and practices
  • Higher education
  • Online instruction
  • Roles of e-instructor

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