As demand for online programs and courses increase, institutions of higher education are faced with the challenge of delivering sufficient numbers of high quality online courses to meet the demand. Team teaching is one avenue to address harriers and assist faculty in retooling to deliver online courses. Team teaching can take several forms but always includes sharing responsibility of planning and providing instruction and feedback for the same students by two or more teachers. This study included participants enrolled in a graduate online earth science for in-service middle school teachers at three major research universities located in the Northwest, Midwest, and Southeast United States. Students were divided into cross-university, cooperative groups with colleagues across the country. There were 32 teachers enrolled in the course. Each university was responsible for the facilitation of' one of the four major topics covered in the course. Results indicate, that the use of team teaching provided novice instructors professional development in effective use of the medium and reduced the workload of an online learning environment.
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White Sundberg, Cheryl; Odell, Michael R.L.; Sunal, Dennis W.; Mays, Allison; and Perry Ruchti, Wendy
"Team Teaching in an Online Environment: Effects on Instructors and Students,"
Northwest Journal of Teacher Education: Vol. 3
, Article 5.