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Title:A survey of university teaching practices and perceptions of compressed courses
Author(s):Eagle, Trevor
Advisor(s):Loui, Michael C.
Department / Program:Educ Policy, Orgzn & Leadrshp
Discipline:Ed Organization and Leadership
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Compressed courses
Teaching practices
Faculty perceptions, Faculty attitudes
Faculty preparation
Faculty professional support
Faculty professional development
Instructional methods
Pedagogical changes
Academic calendars
Teaching methodology
Teaching delivery
Condensed courses
Time-compressed courses
Abstract:This is a quantitative study that investigated faculty pedagogical changes, perceptions, and preparation of semester length courses taught in a compressed course format. One hundred and three faculty members teaching at a large Research I University in the Midwest completed an online survey addressing their teaching pedagogy, perceptions, and preparation for compressed courses taught in the last four years. Results showed that many faculty did indeed make adjustments and have differing perceptions when teaching a compressed course. Faculty made different pedagogical changes to compressed courses based on the time in the academic calendar when they taught a compressed course (i.e. fall, winter, spring, summer), instructional method used to teach compressed courses (i.e. face-to-face, online, or blended), faculty rank, highest degree earned, full-time work status, and amount of years teaching compressed courses. Further, faculty had differing perceptions and attitudes of compressed courses based on the number of years teaching compressed courses, number of total years teaching full-time in higher education, tenure status, full-time work status, instructional methods used to teach compressed courses, and disciplinary college affiliation. Lastly, a large majority of faculty did not receive training or mentorship (i.e. professional support) for teaching in a compressed format. However, nearly half of the faculty who responded indicated they discussed differences in or concerns regarding compressed courses teaching with their colleagues.
Issue Date:2013-02-03
Rights Information:Copyright 2012 Trevor James Eagle
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-02-03
Date Deposited:2012-12

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