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Teaching time investment: Does online really take more time than face-to-face?
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, , Center for Distance and Professional Education, Washington State University

IRRODL Volume 13, Number 3, ISSN 1492-3831 Publisher: Athabasca University Press

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Enrollments in online programs are growing, increasing demand for online courses. The perception that teaching online takes more time than teaching face-to-face creates concerns related to faculty workload. To date, the research on teaching time does not provide a clear answer as to the accuracy of this perception. This study was designed to investigate which aspects, if any, are more time consuming for instructors teaching in the online environment. Time logs were kept by four online instructors (eight classes) and six on-campus instructors (six classes) through six weeks of the 15-week semester. Results indicated that, overall, face-to-face teaching required more time per student, but certain aspects of online teaching take considerably more time per student than in the face-to-face classroom.

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Van de Vord, R. & Pogue, K. (2012). Teaching time investment: Does online really take more time than face-to-face?. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 13(3), 132-146. Athabasca University Press. Retrieved February 24, 2020 from .

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