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The Move to Online Teaching: A Head of Department’s Perspective

  • Diane PrestonEmail author
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Abstract

Integrating online teaching strategies within universities is now well established, but there is little on how HE teachers experience this shift. One strand of literature suggests that university senior management teams often assume academic staff lack motivation to participate and resist change. This case study, from a Head of Department’s perspective, challenges that view. Focusing on academics who chose to move to the Open University, an online and distance learning provider, it argues that teaching online requires different skills and presents a fundamental challenge to teacher identity. It concludes that there is a need to both understand the academics’ perspective and acknowledge that there is motivation within the academic community; and support, at all institutional levels, is critical for academics making this transition.

Keywords

Higher education Online teaching Teacher identity Multi media pedagogy University management Online teams 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of People and Organisation, Open University Business School, Faculty of Business and LawOpen UniversityMilton KeynesUK

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