educational criticism, qualitative research case study, online learning, distance learning, instructional technology, instructional experience
Online courses are complex, human-driven contexts for formal learning. Little has been said about the environment emerging from the interaction of instructor(s), learners, and other resources in such courses. Theories that focus on instructional settings and methods that are designed to accommodate inquiry into complex phenomena are essential to the systematic study of online courses. Such a line of research is necessary as the basis for a common language with which we can begin to speak holistically about online courses. In this dissertation, I attempt to generate better questions about the nature of online instructional environments. By combining prior works related to educational criticism and qualitative research case study with original innovations, I develop a model for studying the instructional experiences of online courses. I then apply this approach in the study of one specific online course at the University of Central Florida (UCF).
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
College of Education
Educational Research, Technology and Leadership
Curriculum and Instruction
Length of Campus-only Access
Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)
Thompson, Kelvin, "Constructing Educational Criticism Of Online Courses: A Model For Implementation By Practitioners" (2005). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 509.