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  1. 1. Myth Busters: The Truth about Time Requirements for Teaching Online Lee A. Freeman The University of Michigan – Dearborn
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Myths and misconceptions </li></ul><ul><li>Anecdotal and empirical </li></ul><ul><li>Survey basics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>42 respondents across 4 units (1 university) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-reported time and commitment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Courses with >80% online content delivery </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many other details from course(s) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Looking to expand respondent set </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Myths and Questions <ul><li>Is it more time-consuming to develop an online course than a face-to-face course? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>41% strongly agree </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>21% agree </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>21% somewhat agree </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>14% disagree </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3% strongly disagree </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Myths and Questions <ul><li>Is it more time-consuming to teach an online course the first time than a face-to-face course the first time? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>41% strongly agree </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>34% agree </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>17% somewhat agree </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>7% disagree </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Myths and Questions <ul><li>Is it more time-consuming to teach an online course the second time than a face-to-face course the second time? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>18% agree or strongly agree </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>37% somewhat agree </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>19% neutral </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>11% somewhat disagree </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>15% disagree or strongly disagree </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Myths and Questions <ul><li>Is it more time-consuming to teach an online course the third time than a face-to-face course the third time? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>11% agree or strongly agree </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>33% somewhat agree </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>26% neutral </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4% somewhat disagree </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>26% disagree or strongly disagree </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Myths and Questions <ul><li>Is it more time-consuming to develop a second online course than to develop a first online course? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>4% agree </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4% somewhat agree </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>22% neutral </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>37% somewhat disagree </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>33% disagree </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Myths and Questions <ul><li>Is it more time-consuming to develop a third online course than to develop a second online course? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>4% agree </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4% somewhat agree </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>17% neutral </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>33% somewhat disagree </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>42% disagree or strongly disagree </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Myths and Questions <ul><li>Is course content development more time consuming for online courses than face-to-face courses? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>93% agree; 0% disagree – 1 st time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>65% agree; 12% disagree – 2 nd time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>37% agree; 21% disagree – 3 rd time </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Myths and Questions <ul><li>Is pre-semester preparation more time consuming for online courses than face-to-face courses? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>82% agree; 0% disagree – 1 st time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>80% agree; 4% disagree – 2 nd time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>53% agree; 0% disagree – 3 rd time </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Myths and Questions <ul><li>Is faculty-student interaction more time consuming for online courses than face-to-face courses? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>69% agree; 7% disagree – 1 st time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>59% agree; 10% disagree – 2 nd time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>54% agree; 12% disagree – 3 rd time </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Myths and Questions <ul><li>Is grading and assessment more time consuming for online courses than face-to-face courses? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>55% agree; 3% disagree – 1 st time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>54% agree; 18% disagree – 2 nd time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>70% agree; 18% disagree – 3 rd time </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Myths and Questions <ul><li>Is course involvement more time consuming for online courses than face-to-face courses? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>75% agree; 6% disagree – 1 st time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>69% agree; 8% disagree – 2 nd time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>61% agree; 6% disagree – 3 rd time </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Myths and Questions <ul><li>After how many times teaching your first online course did you make it through the technology learning curve for e-learning? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>42% once </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>35% twice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4% three times </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Myths and Questions <ul><li>After how many times teaching an online course have you made it through the pedagogical learning curve for that course? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>20% once </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>36% twice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>32% three times </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Myths and Questions <ul><li>After how many times teaching a face-to-face course have you typically made it through the pedagogical learning curve for that course? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>41% once </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>48% twice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>7% three times </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. More Interesting Data… <ul><li>81% enjoy teaching online courses; 76% enjoy developing online courses </li></ul><ul><li>86% initially excited to develop 1 st course </li></ul><ul><li>60% prefer f2f for UG; 23% prefer online </li></ul><ul><li>37% prefer f2f for Grad; 33% prefer online </li></ul><ul><li>Overall, 47% prefer f2f; 23% prefer online </li></ul>
  18. 18. More Interesting Data… <ul><li>Online course development begins twice as early as f2f course development </li></ul><ul><li>In 3 out of 4 cases, the f2f course pre-dates the online course </li></ul><ul><li>14 years of average post-PhD teaching experience </li></ul><ul><li>Developed and taught 1 st online course in 2001; developed 2.5 on average </li></ul>
  19. 19. Data Yet to Analyze… <ul><li>Effects of development support </li></ul><ul><li>Effects of unit </li></ul><ul><li>Effects of preference and enjoyment </li></ul><ul><li>Effects of enrollment </li></ul><ul><li>Effects of pedagogical choices </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tool usage and CMS usage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interaction and engagement </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Conclusion <ul><li>Development comes easier than teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Experience helps alleviate time-consuming factors of online teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Technology learning curve is shorter than online pedagogical learning curve </li></ul><ul><li>Much more to analyze and more data to collect… </li></ul>
  21. 21. Additional Data Collection <ul><li>Interested in helping? Let me know... </li></ul><ul><li>Lee A. Freeman </li></ul><ul><li>Director of Technology & Online Education </li></ul><ul><li>School of Management </li></ul><ul><li>University of Michigan – Dearborn </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>313-593-5008 </li></ul>
  22. 22. Q & A <ul><li>Thank you very much for your attention! </li></ul><ul><li>Questions??? </li></ul>

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