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Online Teaching Styles : A Study in Distance Education

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  • Distance Education Online
  • E-Learning
  • Grounded Theory
  • Instructor-Tutors
  • Teaching Styles
  • Ciencias Sociales
  • Design
  • Education


Microsoft Word - 05-Rodríguez-p In: International Journal of University Teaching and Faculty… ISSN: 1949-4947 Volume 1, Issue 2, pp. 1–14 © 2010 Nova Science Publishers, Inc. ONLINE TEACHING STYLES: A STUDY IN DISTANCE EDUCATION Armando Lozano Rodríguez* and Manuel Flores Fahara Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey Ave. Garza Sada 2501 Sur Cedes S1 Colonia Tecnológico CP 64849 Monterrey, Nuevo León Abstract This article presents a qualitative study based on the methodology of Grounded Theory with the intent to identify the teaching/ tutorial styles incorporated by instructors that deal with online courses as part of a graduate program offered by a Mexican institution of higher education. The research question that guided the study was: Which are the teaching styles that emerged from the educational practice in distance graduate courses offered online and how did certain characteristics manifest themselves to differentiate them from other courses? The participants in this study were six online instructor-tutors (similar to the American English ‘teaching assistants’). Through the process of collection of data with formal structured interviews documents such as: email messages, postings on interactive forums, observation of the participants, formal and structured interviews and electronic surveys the data was collected afterwards to generate the categories that typified styles of teaching/ tutorials online. The main finding was the four styles of online teaching: a) the designer oriented, b) the corrector oriented, c) the mediator oriented and d) the facilitator oriented. Each type of style manifests a group of qualities that allow for differentiation. The information gathered during this research should allow for the opportunity to bring about a new hypothesis for future research. Keywords: distance education online; e-learning; grounded theory; instructor- tutors; teaching styles 1. Introduction The work of teaching

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