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An Exploration of Burnout among Online University Professors


JDE Volume 23, Number 3, ISSN 0830-0445 Publisher: Athabasca University Press


Stress and burnout have emerged as a serious concern for today's higher education instructors. As the growth in distance education continues, the demands on online academics will increase, potentially leading to the burnout. This study examined the correlation between years of online work experience, gender, educational level, academic training, and burnout. The correlation was not found to be significant among these areas. In addition, this research examined stress among higher education faculty members with online courses. The analysis revealed there were appreciable differences in syndromes for burnout when comparing online and traditional teaching methods. In fact, it appears as though online instructors are less stressed than their face-to-face counterparts. (Contains 9 tables.)


McCann, J.T. & Holt, R. (2009). An Exploration of Burnout among Online University Professors. The Journal of Distance Education / Revue de l'ducation Distance, 23(3), 97-110. Athabasca University Press. Retrieved February 23, 2020 from .

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