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Issues of the Online Program Planning Process

, , Eduprise, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Norfolk, VA USA ISBN 978-1-880094-42-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


Educators who are responsible for the creation, management, and administration of educational programs are central to the planning process. Research suggests that program planning is not driven by theoretical constructs, but rather by the personal experiences and beliefs of individual planners. This study explores how individuals who plan online programs perceive their roles. Planners' perceptions of their work are important because their perceptions direct their activities, and their activities guide a rapidly expanding segment of educational programs which are impacting a growing learner population. In order to study the perceptions of a geographically diverse group of individuals, this study observed the exchanges of the participants in an international online forum, the Distance Education Online Symposium (DEOS) during a 30-day period in 2000. The 286 messages exchanged in DEOS during the study's period were analyzed using the Constant Comparative Method. This analysis produced an organizational scheme which grouped the respondents perceptions into four categories.


Patton, L. & Hines, S. (2001). Issues of the Online Program Planning Process. In C. Montgomerie & J. Viteli (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2001--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 1459-1464). Norfolk, VA USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 4, 2022 from .