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Globally-perceived experiences of online instructors: A preliminary exploration

Computers & Education Volume 54, Number 1, ISSN 0360-1315 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


This paper explores online instructors’ perceptions on teaching experiences occurring in their own countries. The interviewees are instructors who have taught online courses for more than two years. Eleven interview transcripts, obtained from online instructors from six countries (Australia, Canada, China, United Kingdom, United States and Taiwan) were analyzed by using open and axial coding. The analysis of data established categories of perceptions related to: teachers’ roles in the online environment, the methods for interacting with students, and teachers’ expectations for their future educational careers. Finally, three perspectives arose which adequately describe online instructors’ teaching experiences: interactive activities, evaluation criteria, and self-expectations. The study also reveals a link connecting those perspectives.


Hsieh, P.H. (2010). Globally-perceived experiences of online instructors: A preliminary exploration. Computers & Education, 54(1), 27-36. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved November 13, 2019 from .

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