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Prioritization of Online Instructor Roles: Implications for Competency-Based Teacher Education Programs
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Distance Education Volume 30, Number 3, ISSN 0158-7919

Abstract

Online instructors need to take on a multi-dimensional role and to be an effective online educator they are required to possess a varied and wider range of competencies. Preparing teachers for online education involves preparing them for a wide variety of roles and developing related competencies. However, the extent of emphasis required to be placed on each of these roles or competencies during a teacher training program may vary according to its culture and the context. The investigation reported in this article obtained expert opinions with regard to the priority and criticality of eight online instructor roles identified in earlier research on online education. Pedagogical roles received the highest priority by the respondents, followed by professional, evaluator, social facilitator, technologist, advisor, administrator, and researcher roles. These results have implications for teacher education and further research pertaining to the context in India. (Contains 4 figures and 5 tables.)

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Bawane, J. & Spector, J.M. (2009). Prioritization of Online Instructor Roles: Implications for Competency-Based Teacher Education Programs. Distance Education, 30(3), 383-397. Retrieved November 22, 2019 from .

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