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Degree Name

Master of Science


Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Elizabeth A. Thompson


This study was conducted to examine the beliefs and practices of effective distance teaching by university faculty members and to compare distance teaching practices with face-to-face practices. An on-line survey using multiple choice and open-ended questions was distributed to a convenience sample of faculty members from a large, Midwestern university who taught at a distance between the spring of 2001 and the spring of 2005. Descriptive data were collected on demographics, beliefs, and practices of faculty members teaching at a distance. The response rate for this study was almost 64%. The results showed evidence that the faculty members were satisfied with teaching at a distance. Furthermore, the results showed that the faculty members believed their distance education students are as satisfied or more satisfied and achieve as much or more than their face-to-face students. Although the faculty members reported receiving adequate administrative and technical support for teaching distant courses, they also indicated wanting much more than what they currently receive. Finally, the results provided evidence that the faculty members knew what elements are effective for delivering courses at a distance, and they are working to implement them. The findings of this study may help inform administrators on how to support faculty teaching at a distance; faculty on how to deliver courses effectively at a distance, and researchers on issues in distance education that need further study.



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Ann Kathleen Bugler



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