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Supporting the Online Adjunct in Higher Education: A Delphi Study
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, Canisius College, United States

AACE Award

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-90-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

Despite the continued growth of distance education, many institutions have not considered how best to support and develop online adjunct faculty. As numbers of online adjunct faculty increase, forecasting their employment needs is essential. This sequential, mixed-method study examined online adjuncts’ perceptions of what is important in their work. The research questions examined perceptions of online adjuncts in finding and retaining work, motivation to teach online, and professional development. A Delphi method was utilized, and 39 non-random, self-selected online adjuncts completed surveys. Participants completed a quantitative survey and provided qualitative comments. Consensus items were noted, and Cronbach’s alpha used for reliability. The analysis revealed 23 consensus items. This study gave voice to an important stakeholder in distance education who directly serves students, impacts the student experience, and facilitates student learning and achievement.

Citation

Larcara, M. (2011). Supporting the Online Adjunct in Higher Education: A Delphi Study. In C. Ho & M. Lin (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2011--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 2387-2398). Honolulu, Hawaii, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 17, 2019 from .

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