Influential factors on faculty performance in distance education

2018
Kara, Mehmet
This study aimed to identify the performance deficiencies of the faculty in distance education and to design interventions for performance improvement with a systemic perspective. Based on this aim, the study was conducted within the framework of Externality-Tangibility model for performance improvement and Transactional Distance theory. Concurrent embedded mixed methods research design, in which both quantitative and qualitative data were collected from distance education administrators, faculty, students, and support staff in two public universities in addition to the experts from eight public universities, was used. The data sources included student survey, semi-structured interviews with the stakeholders, observation notes, and available documents regarding the research problem. Quantitative data were collected from the distance education students in two public universities through the cross-sectional survey. Qualitative data were collected from all stakeholders in addition to observation notes and documents. Qualitative data were analyzed through constant comparative analysis. Quantitative data were analyzed through descriptive statistics. The results firstly showed that the optimal behaviors are based on student-centered approach as consistent with the existing literature. The qualitative and quantitative data analysis results congruently indicated the deficiencies in most of the identified optimal behaviors. Qualitative results further revealed the main and secondary causes of the deficiencies and the interventions for them. The overall results provided a holistic view of the causes of the performance gaps within the distance education system in Turkey and offered interventions for performance improvement. The study finally provided practitioners and researchers with guiding implications for future practices and studies.

Suggestions

A green touch for the future of distance education
Gündoğan, Mihraç Banu (Elsevier, 2012-5-01)
This paper aims to draw attention to the sustainability of distance learning in terms of the design process based on learner characteristics and technology usage. Distance learning has become a cyberized system owing its presence to developments in digital technologies. Technological developments solve some immediate problems but also have the risk of leading to even greater ones. To ‘sustain’ is not only about keeping up, supporting or maintaining continuity but also is about nourishing, cultivation and ac...
A green touch for the future of distance education
Gündoğan, Mihraç Banu (2012-06-07)
This paper aims to draw attention to the sustainability of distance learning in terms of the design process based on learner characteristics and technology usage. Distance learning has become a cyberized system owing its presence to developments in digital technologies. Technological developments solve some immediate problems but also have the risk of leading to even greater ones. To 'sustain' is not only about keeping up, supporting or maintaining continuity but also is about nourishing, cultivation and ac...
Pre-service teachers' achievement and perceptions of the classroom environment in flipped learning and traditional instruction classes
ÖZÜDOĞRU, MELİKE; Aksu, Meral (Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, 2020-01-01)
The aim of this study was to investigate whether flipped learning affects pre-service teachers' achievement and perceptions related to the classroom environment. This experimental study was conducted in the fall semester of 2017-2018 for 11 weeks at a state university in Turkey and included a total of 56 pre-service teachers. An achievement test and a scale were implemented to collect the data. The analyses through descriptive and inferential statistical analysis techniques showed that flipped learning grou...
Prospective English teachers' views on the physical environment, human resources, and program of their departments
Eret, Esra; Ok, Ahmet (Springer Science and Business Media LLC, 2010-12-01)
The quality of teacher education, in general, is affected from a number of variables such as physical environment of the institutions, instructor quality, the curriculum implemented, administrative support, and others. As the input of the system, the perspectives of the students on those variables also influence the direction and the quality of the education taking place in the colleges of education. Regarding this, the purpose of the present study is to identify and compare the perspectives of fourth-year ...
Analysis of a Content-based Needs Assessment Survey for Physics Teachers
OKTAY, Özlem; Eryılmaz, Ali (Hacettepe University, 2020-04-01)
The purpose of the study is to develop and analyze a content-based needs assessment survey for physics teachers. With this aim, a Teacher Survey on the Nature of Physics (TSNOP) was developed as a measurement instrument for the study. The TSNOP was used to identify inservice physics teachers' needs, wishes, expectations and problems for the Nature of Physics (NOP) unit of a Professional Development Program (PDP). A total of 60 inservice physics teachers participated in the study. TSNOP includes four specifi...
Citation Formats
M. Kara, “Influential factors on faculty performance in distance education,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2018.