Working as an Online Educator: Challenges when scaling up distance education
Stefan Nilsson, Lars Svensson, University West, Sweden ; Johan Lundin, Gothenburg University, Sweden
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-02-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
In recent years online and blended learning has scaled up from being a pilot endeavour driven by pioneers, to constituting a large portion of many institutions of higher education. In the process, the conditions for the online teacher has gradually changed, and the situation of today is in many ways problematic where student interaction and dialogue has to stand back in favour of time consuming content production, material delivery, and technical problem solving. This paper draws on the experiences from a Scandinavian University to illustrate how this transition can be understood in the light of rapid technological development in combination with slow evolution of pedagogical models for online education.
Nilsson, S., Svensson, L. & Lundin, J. (2013). Working as an Online Educator: Challenges when scaling up distance education. In R. McBride & M. Searson (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2013--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 881-885). New Orleans, Louisiana, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).