A Study of Online Instructor ‘Characteristics, Online Learning Engagement and Pre-Service Teachers' Learning Style

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Narin Nonthamand


This study aims to investigate desirable characteristics of online instructors, learning styles and online learning engagement of pre-service teachers and to compare their online learning engagement with the characteristics of online instructors which are preferable in their opinions. In this survey study, the samples were 242 undergraduate pre-service teachers at the University of Phayao. The data was collected using a questionnaire to survey pre-service teachers’ opinions on expected characteristics of online instructors and their online learning engagement
The results of this research were:
1. The pre-service teachers preferred online instructors who served as facilitators (M = 3.971, S.D. = .370).
2. Regarding their learning styles, they learned through reading and writing (R). (n = 69).
3. The pre-service teachers’ highest level of online engagement was in their commitment to learning (M = 4.194, S.D. = .636).
4. The overall of pre-service teachers with different backgrounds were not different in online instructors’ characteristics and online learning engagement. However, when considering each component, it was found that the pre-service teachers with different backgrounds had a different average level of online instructors’ characteristics in the third component: facilitator. Moreover, pre-service teachers with different backgrounds were different in the third element of engagement: commitment to study.


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