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Paths to Exemplary Online Teaching: A Look at Teacher Roles, Competencies and Exemplary Online Teaching

, , , Iowa State University, United States

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EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Lisbon, Portugal ISBN 978-1-880094-89-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


The rapid growth of online education in higher education is calling for the research on the knowledge, skills and competencies required for successful online teaching. However, teaching approaches tend to organize teachers’ roles without making connections between content, pedagogy, technology and the contextual dynamics that teachers engage in their teaching practices. Moreover, the emergence of these roles and competencies has limited impact on professional development programs that address online teachers’ needs, individual dispositions, external social demands and capabilities within their unique teaching contexts. A literature review on online teaching focused on online teaching roles and competencies, and exemplary online teaching was conducted and described on this paper. The limitations of existing research on online teacher roles, competencies, and paths to exemplary online teaching are also explored.


Baran, E., Correia, A.P. & Thompson, A. (2011). Paths to Exemplary Online Teaching: A Look at Teacher Roles, Competencies and Exemplary Online Teaching. In T. Bastiaens & M. Ebner (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2011--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 2853-2860). Lisbon, Portugal: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved February 18, 2019 from .


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