Share Paper: Supporting the Online Adjunct in Higher Education: A Delphi Study

  1. Marie Larcara, Canisius College, United States
Tuesday, October 18 2:00-2:30 PM Ni'ihau

Abstract: Despite the continued growth of distance education, many institutions have not considered how best to support and develop online adjunct faculty. As numbers of online adjunct faculty increase, forecasting their employment needs is essential. This sequential, mixed-method study examined online adjuncts’ perceptions of what is important in their work. The research questions examined perceptions of online adjuncts in finding and retaining work, motivation to teach online, and professional development. A Delphi method was utilized, and 39 non-random, self-selected online adjuncts completed surveys. Participants completed a quantitative survey and provided qualitative comments. Consensus items were noted, and Cronbach’s alpha used for ...