Online Faculty Support and Education Innovation – A Case Study

Olaf Zawacki-Richter
E-mail: zawacki-richter@hfb.de
HfB – Business School of Finance & Banking
HR Development and E-Learning
[http://www.hfb.de]

English Abstract

This article is a summary of a case study of online faculty support that was carried out at the University of Pretoria (South Africa) in 2002. Organisational structures for academic faculty support that facilitates the development and implementation of online distance learning programmes are described. The study is based on interviews with decision makers, academic support staff and faculty members that have been involved in the process of educational innovation. The university's strategies of helping lecturers make the transition to new modes of education are discussed.

German Abstract

Dieser Aufsatz fasst die Ergebnisse einer Fallstudie aus dem Jahr 2002 über Online Faculty Support an der University of Pretoria (Südafrika) zusammen. Es werden die administrativ-institutionellen Rahmenbedingungen und die Organisation medienbezogener Supportstrukturen für Lehrende als Voraussetzung für die Entwicklung und Implementation von Online Studiengängen beschrieben. Die Studie basiert auf Experteninterviews mit Entscheidungsträgern, Mitarbeitern aus Dienstleistungseinrichtungen und Lehrenden, die am Prozess der Bildungsinnovation beteiligt sind. Vor dem Hintergrund eines konkreten Studiengangs werden Strategien des Supports und mögliche Anreize zur Nutzung neuer Medien in der Lehre abgeleitet.

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Tags

e-learning, distance learning, distance education, online learning, higher education, DE, blended learning, ICT, information and communication technology, internet, collaborative learning, learning management system, MOOC, interaction, LMS,

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