Hbi Faculty Perceptions Of Barriers To Online Teaching In Maryland
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DepartmentHigher Education Program
ProgramDoctor of Philosophy
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SubjectsUniversities and colleges
Universities and colleges--Administration
African American universities and colleges
The purpose of this correlational study was to examine whether or not the four constructs (organizational change; technical expertise, support, and infrastructure; faculty compensation and time; and technology threats) are perceived to be barriers for HBIs faculty to teaching online courses. The researcher also investigated the faculty characteristics associated with the perceived barriers. The participants in this study were permanent, full-time faculty members from the four HBIs in Maryland. This quantitative study employed correlational methods to analyze data from a survey instrument derived from Berge's (1999) original research and modified to meet the needs of this study. The major findings of this study indicated that the biggest barrier by faculty was faculty compensation and time. The study found strong to minimal interrelationships among the four barrier constructs. A weak, though significant relationship was found between the barrier of technology threats and faculty age, and technology threats and faculty years of tenure. A weak inverse relationship found between organizational change and the number of courses faculty taught online as well as a weak inverse relationship with technical expertise, support, and infrastructure and the number of courses faculty taught online. Years of teaching experience was not related to the four barrier constructs. There was also a strong positive correlation found between faculty years of teaching experiences and tenure status. Only organizational change and technical expertise, support, and infrastructure were found to relate to online teaching (yes vs. no). Finally, the perceived barrier of technical expertise, support, and infrastructure was the only significant predictor of online teaching. Explicitly, for every one unit increase in perceived technical, expertise, support, and infrastructure the odds of not teaching an online course increases 1.72 times. The results presented in this study have contributed new information to the educational literature about the barriers HBI faculty members have in relation to teaching online.