Leadership In Online Curriculum Delivery

  • Author / Creator
    Elkow, Collin
  • The purpose of this study was to explore how university department chairs, or equivalent, perceive leadership as it relates to the context of online curriculum delivery in higher education. Three research areas guided the study: (a) nature and context of online environment and how it impacts the leadership, (b) the ways in which leaders conceptualize leadership, and (c) challenges and tensions for leadership. The sample included four participants (chair, director, coordinator, and associate dean) from three Western-Canadian universities. Findings in this study revealed four salient themes and sub-themes: (a) Context – The Setting (technology, model of learning, faculty categories, cost-recovery versus cost-sharing); (b) Leadership Preparation (removing barriers and improving leadership preparation); (c) Leadership in General (relational-oriented, vision and direction setting, organizational culture and cultural diversity, ethics); and (d) Challenges and Tensions (past, present, future, organizational realities). The study concludes with a discussion of the implications for practice that include: balance between administrator and scholar, leadership preparation, and degree proposals. Implications for theory include: leadership in the context of online curriculum delivery, cost-recovery, technology, cultural diversity, ethics and equity, as well as organizational change. Finally, based on the findings, conclusions, and implications, several questions that warrant future research into the phenomenon of leadership in higher education are shared.

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    Master of Education
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    University of Alberta
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    • Department of Educational Policy Studies
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Dr. Paul Newton, Educational Policy Studies, University of Alberta
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Dr. Joe Da Costa, Educational Policy Studies, University of Alberta
    • Dr. Patricia Boechler, Educational Psychology, University of Alberta