Utilizing technology for effective and efficient online instruction

Concurrent Session 6

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

Title: Utilizing technology for effective and efficient online instruction

The ubiquitous nature of online instruction poses time management issues for online instructors. Although there are many best practices studies available regarding online instruction, there is still a gap in research in efficiency and time management. This presentation will provide data on where online full time faculty and adjunct faculty spend the most time, as well as strategies to impact instructional efficiency and efficacy using technological tools.  


B. Jean Mandernach, Ph.D. is Executive Director of the Center for Innovation in Research and Teaching at Grand Canyon University. Her research focuses on enhancing student learning in the online classroom through innovative instructional and assessment strategies. In addition, she has interests in the development of effective faculty evaluation models, perception of online degrees, and faculty workload considerations. Jean received her B.S. in comprehensive psychology from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, an M.S. in experimental psychology from Western Illinois University and Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
Rick Holbeck has been in education for over20 years at all levels from kindergarten to higher education. He is currently the executive director of online full time faculty at Grand Canyon University, and also teaches courses for the College of Education. Rick has presented at several regional, national, and international conferences where the focus has been on Classroom Assessment Techniques, technology, faculty workloads, and hybrid peer review for journal publication. Rick is currently the editor of the Journal of Instructional Research. Rick is currently a doctoral learner in Higher Educational Leadership at Grand Canyon University.

Extended Abstract

This session will review research on where online full time and online adjunct faculty spend the most time in online classes. A comparison between the findings of two separate studies will be discussed. Participants will be able to utilize several technologies to foster efficient and effective online instruction.