Seven Strategies for Enabling Faculty Success in Distance Education


Strategies, Faculty success, Distance education, Faculty support, Faculty incentives, Faculty motivation, Faculty challenges, Training


Many challenges associated with distance education and technology integration initiatives focus on faculty issues and concerns. This article analyzes these difficulties by identifying from the literature current trends affecting faculty, faculty motivators, and faculty challenges. Then, following this review and analysis, the article presents seven strategies for university administrators and faculty to consider as part of their own strategic plan to mitigate faculty concerns and ensure program success. The seven strategies discussed include the following: (1) enable colleges and departments to accept more responsibility for distance education activities; (2) provide faculty more information about distance education programs and activities; (3) encourage faculty to incorporate technology into their traditional classrooms; (4) provide strong incentives for faculty to participate in distance education; (5) improve training and instructional support for distance education faculty; (6) build a stronger distance education faculty community; and (7) encourage more distance education scholarship and research.

Original Publication Citation

Howell,S., Saba, F., Lindsay, N., & Williams, P. (2004). Seven strategies for enabling faculty success in distance education. Internet and Higher Education,7(1), 33–49. (Abbreviated version published in Distance Education Report, 8(16), August 15, 2004, pp. 5–6. Minneapolis, MN: Magna Publications.)

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Peer-Reviewed Article

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Magna Publications




David O. McKay School of Education


Instructional Psychology and Technology

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor