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Multi-Disciplinary Studies in Online Business Education: Observations, Future Directions, and Extensions

Multi-Disciplinary Studies in Online Business Education: Observations, Future Directions, and Extensions
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Author(s): J. B. Arbaugh (University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, USA)
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 22
Source title: Student Satisfaction and Learning Outcomes in E-Learning: An Introduction to Empirical Research
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Sean B. Eom (Southeast Missouri State University, USA) and J. B. Arbaugh (University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-615-2.ch001

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Abstract

This chapter argues that research in online teaching and learning in higher education should take a multi-disciplinary orientation, especially in settings whose curricula are drawn from several disciplinary perspectives such as business schools. The benefits of a multi-disciplinary approach include curriculum integration and enhanced communication and collective methodological advancement among online teaching and learning scholars from the disciplines that comprise the integrated curricula. After reviewing multi-disciplinary studies in business education published to date, the chapter concludes with recommendations for advancing research in this emerging stream. Some of the primary recommendations include the use of academic discipline as a moderating variable, more studies that incorporate samples comprised of faculty and/or undergraduate students, and the development of more comprehensive measures of student learning.

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