University faculty’s perspectives on the roles of e-instructors and their online instruction practice

  • Chiungsui Chang Tamkang University, Taiwan
  • Hun-Yi Shen Tamkang University,Taiwan
  • Zhi-Feng Liu National Central Uniersity, Taiwan
Keywords: the roles of e-instructor, online instruction, faculty’s perceptions and practices, higher education

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.

Author Biographies

Chiungsui Chang, Tamkang University, Taiwan
Department of Educational Technology, Professor
Hun-Yi Shen, Tamkang University,Taiwan
Department of Educational Techology
Zhi-Feng Liu, National Central Uniersity, Taiwan

graduate school of Learning and Instruction, associate professor

Published
2014-06-16
How to Cite
Chang, C., Shen, H.-Y., & Liu, Z.-F. (2014). University faculty’s perspectives on the roles of e-instructors and their online instruction practice. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 15(3). https://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v15i3.1654
Section
Research Articles