The Role of the Instructor in Asynchronous Learning: Students' Views
Abstract: Online courses and online learning are becoming a mainstay of universities and college course offerings. This has caused the role of the teacher or instructor to evolve in online learning and asynchronous learning. This research is a survey on students’ views on the role of the instructor in asynchronous learning. Data were gathered from 102 university students (68 female and 34 male) to validate the 15-item Likert-type scale on the role of the instructor in asynchronous learning. Factor Analysis indicated three factors existed: 1) Course design and learning activities (Alpha=.812), 2) Online classroom learning environments (Alpha=.759) and 3) Technical support (Alpha=.604). The findings indicate that 89% agree that the instructor should provide technical support skills and 99% agree that the instructor should have active participation in asynchronous learning. We conclude that the instructor’s role is important in online learning. The instructor should acquire necessary skills to be effective in asynchronous learning.