Online Teaching: Challenge or Opportunity for Communication Education Scholars?
Online education is a pedagogical innovation that often represents a significant challenge for faculty in most, if not all, disciplines in higher education (Mansbach & Austin, 2018). Over time, several factors have coalesced, resulting in increased interest in online instruction. Concerns about decreases in college enrollment (Fain, 2019) and cuts in state funding (Knox, 2019) have exacerbated that interest. More recently, the coronavirus pandemic accelerated unexpected “instant transitions” to remote learning at colleges and universities across the country. Professors and administrators alike quickly became aware of the need to replicate the face-to-face classroom’s teaching and learning experiences in the digital environment (Wong, 2020). However, many faculty across academic institutions and disciplines have faced a plethora of instructional challenges during this transition. The combination of these factors offers a unique opportunity for communication education scholars to extend our discipline’s influence across the academy (Morreale et al., 2019).
DOI of Published Version
Morreale, Sherwyn P.; Thorpe, Janice; and Westwick, Joshua N., "Online Teaching: Challenge or Opportunity for Communication Education Scholars?" (2021). Communication Studies Publications. 53.