Faculty Participation in Online Distance Education

Authored by: Kay Shattuck

Handbook of Distance Education

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  May  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415897648
eBook ISBN: 9780203803738
Adobe ISBN: 9781136635571


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This review of the research literature on faculty participation in online education updates the work done previously by Wolcott and Shattuck (2007). Participation is defined simply as teaching online for a U.S. higher education institution. Motivations will be categorized as intrinsic—that is, engaging in the activity is personally satisfying and viewed as a reward in itself—and as extrinsic—that is, responding to external (contextual) stimuli with benefits received from a source other than the activity. The review is organized by motivators (intrinsic and extrinsic) and demotivators for faculty participation in online distance education. An assessment of an evolving emphasis in the faculty participation literature is included. The concluding discussion considers the impact of faculty attitudes, values, and perceptions on decisions to participate in online teaching.

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