The Meaning of Quality in Online/Blended Courses to American and Malaysian Administrators, Faculty, and Students

Smidt, Esther and Cheong, Cecilia Yin Mei and Dachroeden, Emily and Kochem, Timothy (2019) The Meaning of Quality in Online/Blended Courses to American and Malaysian Administrators, Faculty, and Students. International Journal of Distance Education Technologies, 17 (2). pp. 45-58. ISSN 1539-3100, DOI

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This article compares two studies, investigating administrator, faculty, and student perceptions of quality in online/blended courses conducted in two different contexts, namely (1) two midsize public universities in the United States, and (2) a college in a public university in Malaysia. The research question explored in both studies was: What is the meaning of “quality” in an online/blended course to administrators, faculty, and students? Survey data from the three constituents in both contexts were obtained. Qualitative data analysis revealed the top 7-8 quality features of each context as ranked by number of references. The results revealed similarities and differences in the rankings of the quality features between constituents and between contexts. Similarities suggested that different constituents had different priorities with regards to quality features while differences appeared to be based on where each institution was on their distance education trajectory. These findings should be considered and reflected on in online course design, teaching strategies, and student support. Copyright © 2019, IGI Global.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: American context; Blended courses; Developing institution; Experienced institution; Malaysian context; Quality online learning; Tertiary institution
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Languages and Linguistics
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2020 02:35
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2020 02:35

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