Negotiating, Communicating, Collaborating: A Sociocultural View of Online Program Development
Tuesday, November 15 10:30 AM-11:00 AM Location: Edison C
Presider: Leticia De Leon, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, United States
Abstract: At most colleges and universities, online learning is defined and limited by already existing policies and practices that, while arguably are effective for traditional teaching and learning modalities, can pose barriers for the successful implementation of eLearning environments. This is evidenced by how college and university leaders have approached the policies and practices that surrounded online learning. This qualitative case study utilized a sociocultural methodology to examine how institutional leaders of a newly formed online program negotiated both main and branch campus policies in addition to studying the consequences this negotiation had for online program development. This research contributes to the literature by examining online program development from a sociocultural perspective that values the cultural and historical aspects of policy and program development.