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Transforming Online Teaching Practice: Critical Analysis of the Literature on the Roles and Competencies of Online Teachers
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Distance Education Volume 32, Number 3, ISSN 0158-7919

Abstract

Understanding what is lacking in the online teaching literature is critical to helping researchers and practitioners develop programs and support mechanisms for online teachers in higher education. This review formulates a critique of the standards- and competency-driven vision of online teaching from the perspective of transformative learning theory, in order to offer an alternative exploration of the professional development of online teachers as adult learners. The results indicate that while research about online teacher roles and competencies guides the development of teacher preparation and training programs, it lacks in terms of addressing the issues of empowerment of online teachers, promoting critical reflection, and integrating technology into pedagogical inquiry. An alternative perspective is suggested that considers teachers as adult learners who continuously transform their meaning of structures related to online teaching through a continuous process of critical reflection and action. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)

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Baran, E., Correia, A.P. & Thompson, A. (2011). Transforming Online Teaching Practice: Critical Analysis of the Literature on the Roles and Competencies of Online Teachers. Distance Education, 32(3), 421-439. Retrieved May 21, 2019 from .

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