The Characteristics of Quality Online Courses: Ways to Improve Online Courses
Andrew Hunt, Teri Hunt, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Austin, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-92-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
With an increase in online education and the increased attention with national standards and accreditation, there is a need for research to focus on the quality of online education. The literature related to online education suggests that more studies compare traditional courses with online courses as well as ways to affect the social climate of online courses and programs than the quality of online education. Questions guiding this research include: How much time do instructors spend developing online courses compared to traditional courses? What type of content is developed for online course? Is it the same as what is developed for traditional courses? If so, does it need to be different? Is the instructor teaching in an online environment or is the student teaching oneself? How often is content updated in an online course as compared to a traditional course? What are characteristics of quality online courses? What are the students’ perspective of the quality of online courses / instruction? What are instructors’ perspective of online course / learning?
Hunt, A. & Hunt, T. (2012). The Characteristics of Quality Online Courses: Ways to Improve Online Courses. In P. Resta (Ed.), Proceedings of SITE 2012--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 441-454). Austin, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).