Faculty Perceptions and Participation in Distance Education Chapter uri icon


  • Research in the field of distance education has recognized the need for a change and modification of the faculty role in teaching at a distance (Jones, Lindner, Murphy & Dooley, 2002; Kanuka, Collett & Caswell, 2002; Miller & Pilcher, 2001). While technological advancements are an important part of the distance-learning environment, basic changes in teaching methods, technique, and motivation are needed to make distance education more effective (Purdy & Wright, 1992). Many studies cite faculty resistance to instructional technology as a primary barrier to the continued growth of distance education programs (Jones et al., 2002; McNeil, 1990). McNeil (1990) noted that attitudinal issues related to how faculty perceive and interact with technology are a bigger barrier to adoption and diffusion of distance education than is technology infrastructure.

author list (cited authors)

  • Dooley, K. E., Linder, J. R., Elbert, C., Murphy, T. H., & Murphrey, T. P.

complete list of authors

  • Dooley, Kim E||Linder, James R||Elbert, Chanda||Murphy, Timothy H||Murphrey, Theresa P

editor list (cited editors)

  • Lawrence A. Tomei.

Book Title

  • Online and Distance Learning

publication date

  • 2008