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July, 2020

wed29Jul10:00 AM11:00 AMVirtual EventLearning from the Experiences of Long-Term Online InstructorsDr. Mary Ellen Dello Stritto, Oregon State University10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Pacific Time


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Wednesday 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Pacific Time


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Session Description

This presentation shares results of an interview-based study of 33 faculty who have taught online for 10 years or more at a large comprehensive R1 institution.

Data were collected in two stages. The first stage was a pre-survey that asked for basic demographic information and online teaching history. The next stage was a series of three, one-hour virtual interviews in which instructors were asked to reflect on their experiences as an online educator and how their perspectives have changed over time.

The session focuses on qualitative analyses of the responses to the following interview questions:

  • What skills do you think are most valuable for online instructors to have?
  • What skills do students need to be able to succeed in online classrooms?
  • What do you think is the future of online learning?

Attendees will learn about the study methodology and key skills for online instructors and students. Finally, attendees will discuss ideas about the future of online education.


Dr. Mary Ellen Dello Stritto, Oregon State University

Dr. Mary Ellen Dello Stritto is the Director of Research for Oregon State University Ecampus, where she designs and conducts research studies on online teaching and learning, provides support for faculty research on online education, and produces tools to promote research literacy. Her background is in psychology with a specialization in quantitative methodologies, survey design, and statistical analysis.