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Beyond the Early Adopters of Online Instruction: Motivating the Reluctant Majority

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Internet and Higher Education Volume 15, Number 2, ISSN 1096-7516


Now that most of the innovators and early adopters of online instruction are comfortably teaching online, many institutions are facing challenges as they prepare the next wave of online instructors. This research study examines how faculty in this “next wave” (the majority of adopters) differ from the innovators and early adopters of online instruction. A specific online course development program is described and the experiences of the “majority” in the program are examined in relation to the experiences of previous participants (the innovators and early adopters). (Contains 2 figures and 4 tables.)


Hixon, E., Buckenmeyer, J., Barczyk, C., Feldman, L. & Zamojski, H. (2012). Beyond the Early Adopters of Online Instruction: Motivating the Reluctant Majority. Internet and Higher Education, 15(2), 102-107. Retrieved December 15, 2018 from .

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