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Researchers at Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research (CEITR), Dr. Mansureh Kebritchi, Dr. Angie Lipschuetz, and Dr. Lilia Santiague, published an article with the title of “Issues and Challenges for Teaching Successful Online Courses in Higher Education: A Literature Review” in Journal of Educational Technology System, August 2017.
Online education changes all components of teaching and learning in higher education. Many empirical studies have been conducted to examine issues in delivering online courses; however, few have synthesized prior studies and provided an overview on issues in online courses. A review of literature using Cooper’s framework was conducted to identify such issues. Three major categories of findings were identified: issues related to online learners, instructors, and content development. Learners’ issues included learners’ expectations, readiness, identity, and participation in online courses. Instructors’ issues included changing faculty roles, transitioning from face-to-face to online, time management, and teaching styles. Content issues included the role of instructors in content development, integration of multimedia in content, role of instructional strategies in content development, and considerations for content development. To address these challenges in online education, higher education institutions need to provide professional development for instructors, trainings for learners, and technical support for content development.
The article is available here.
Kebritchi, M., Lipschuetz, A., & Santiague, L. (2017). Issues and Challenges for Teaching Successful Online Courses in Higher Education: A Literature Review. Journal of Educational Technology System. 46(1) 4-29. DOI: 10.1177/0047239516661713