Dual Mode Academics: A Comparison of Conventional and Distance Education Experiences


he experiences of knowledgeable and practiced academics who have held full-time positions both in conventional and distance education (single/dual mode) institutions would be a strong resource in determining the differences and challenges that affect the future evolution of the virtual professor. The issues of instruction, institutional service and professional development are primary areas of concern that require attention. Four knowledgeable and practiced academics who meet this criterion report their insights and concerns and the results suggest that a significant reshaping of the academic's role in distance education should be considered.

KEYWORDS: Distance Education, Faculty Development, Dual Mode, Single Mode.