A Systematic Approach to Faculty Development Toward Improved Capability in Tertiary Teaching in a Blended Learning Environment DISSERTATION
Ashraf Mohammad Badawood, Lawrence Technological University, United States
Doctor of Management in Information Technology, Lawrence Technological University . Awarded
The blended learning (BL) approach provides an efficient and effective instructional experience. However, adopting BL poses some challenge to faculty; the most important obstacle found in this research is faculty's lack of knowledge regarding the use of technology in their teaching.
This challenge prompted the researcher to identify a solution to increase faculty's ability to use of technology in teaching. The researcher proposes that educational institutions adopt a systematic Learning Management System (LMS) Process Improvement Model—Opening, Analyzing, Stimulation, and Achieving Processes (OASA)—to establish a well-designed, effective faculty development program for BL teaching and learning.
OASA is structured into five levels. Transformation from the lower levels to the higher levels of capability in BL teaching and learning is based on prescribed processes intended to provide a new foundation of practices.
The conceptualization of OASA was demonstrated by means of a prototype with scope focusing on enhancing faculty's level of capability from Level Two to Level Three. The research has been validated using various validation strategies. The main finding is that OASA is a well-founded approach that can help educational institutions overcome challenges related to faculty's lack of knowledge in using technology in teaching.
This study found that adopting OASA would make faculty development processes more understandable, give faculty a starting point for BL pedagogy, keep faculty focused on tasks, and show a process of BL improvement until the faculty achieves best practices. In addition, the main contribution is that OASA expands the BL body of knowledge, generalizing a solution for problems relating to faculty's lack of knowledge about technology, and demonstrating the proposed solution by creating of a BL course using a Blackboard-based prototype.
Badawood, A.M. A Systematic Approach to Faculty Development Toward Improved Capability in Tertiary Teaching in a Blended Learning Environment. Doctor of Management in Information Technology thesis, Lawrence Technological University. Retrieved July 22, 2018 from https://www.learntechlib.org/p/116260/.
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