Faculty Role Change: Adjustment to the Influence of Online Teaching and Learning

Martha Cleveland-Innes
Athabasca University, Canada

Sarah Gauvreau
Contact North, Canada


This paper presents an argument which rests on two interrelated premisesregarding the influence of new pedagogies in higher education. The first is that the phenomenon of web-based teaching and learning is dramatically affecting faculty roles in higher education. The second is that the role of faculty member is saturated with requirements and adding a teaching process that requires advanced teaching expertise and additional time commitments will not fit into the current role of faculty; this is so for web-based teaching and learning.Survey data from seventy-eight faculty from eighteen comprehensive academic institutions in Canada provides evidence of change in faculty views and activities in refer to teaching, , whether faculty are engaged in teaching with technology or not.

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