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Online Teaching Effectiveness: A Tale of Two Instructors

  • Paul Gorsky Open University of Israel
  • Ina Blau Open University of Israel
Keywords: Effective online teaching, role of online instructor, community of inquiry model, virtual learning community, dialogic behavior, best practice

Abstract

Upon completion of a graduate level course at the Open University of Israel, one instructor received very high student ratings while the other received very low ratings. We utilized this exceptional situation to perform ad hoc analyses of their course forums. The objective of this study was to map the dialogic behavior that occurred and to create suggestions for best practice and for worst practice in terms of active and passive participation, instructor response time, and the extent of teaching presence, social presence, and cognitive presence.

Author Biographies

Paul Gorsky, Open University of Israel
Paul Gorsky is a faculty member in the Dept. of Education and Psychology and a Research Associate at the Chais Research Center for Instructional Technologies, Open University of Israel.
Ina Blau, Open University of Israel
Ina Blau is a faculty member in the Dept. of Education and Psychology at the Open University of Israel.
Published
2009-06-26
How to Cite
Gorsky, P., & Blau, I. (2009). Online Teaching Effectiveness: A Tale of Two Instructors. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 10(3). https://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v10i3.712
Section
Research Articles