CEC Faculty Articles

Professors' and Students' Perceptions of Online Learning: A Qualitative Study

Ling Wang, Nova Southeastern University


It is important to recognize faculty and students' attitudes, perceptions, and experiences to help faculty design and prepare an online course, to provide educators with information about recruitment, to assist students so they can achieve meaningful and positive learning, and possibly, to establish a successful distance education program. The purpose of this study is to find out the attitudes, perceptions, and experiences of professors and graduate students, who are working professionals, about teaching and learning in a distance learning environment using a web-based course delivery. Both professors and students are from a private southern university. This research provides a qualitative description of faculty and students' attitudes, perceptions, and experiences, so awareness and understanding can be achieved to meet a new vision in teaching through distance learning.