Student perspectives of future online faculty competencies: A descriptive case study

Update of early work on student perspectives on future online faculty competencies.

Abstract: 

The purpose of this qualitative descriptive study was to acquire a better understanding of the dominant student perceptions of the competencies and abilities that online faculty might need ten years in the future. Ten years was an arbitrary time line and this study is a part of a series of studies focused on competencies for online  higher  education  faculty.  While  student expectations  have  been  discussed  in  the literature, studies rarely involve the students themselves. This study involved a survey of 500 college-level students who have taken at least one online class. Student college experience included some college and no degree to graduate degrees. Four major themes emerged from a study of the categories and subcategories that evolved from the coding of the surveys. Faculty communication, online and interpersonal, is the most critical aspect for success in future online classes. Technical and computer skills are critical, specifically the need to use visual, auditory, and other multimedia tools to provide as the most effective communication possible. Patience with students will be critical for faculty in the future, as diversity will continue to increase. In addition, students experience many different issues, and patience in dealing with those specific needs will be important. Related to patience, future online faculty members need to be flexible in class requirements, schedules, and communication modalities. The themes and their implications to future online teaching and future research were discussed.

This publication has been peer reviewed.
Publication Type: 
Journal Article
Authors: 
Phillip L. Davidson
Year of Publication: 
2014
Journal, Book, Magazine or Other Publication Title: 
Review of Management Innovation & Creativity
Volume: 
7
Issue: 
22
Pages: 
57-71
Publisher: 
Intellectbase International Consortium
Place Published: 
Nashville, TN
Publication Language: 
English
ISSN Number: 
1934-6727
Editors: 
Rodney Davis, Editor-in-Chief

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