Date of Conferral

2014

Degree

Ph.D.

School

Management

Advisor

Howard Schechter

Abstract

The purpose of this case study was to explore faculty attitudes toward online learning in a Lebanese Higher Education Institution (HEI). The research problem addressed the disinterest among faculty at the Arts, Sciences, and Technology University of Lebanon (AUL) in enhancing learning using online technology. The research questions for this study explored the attitudes of the faculty toward applying online learning and the extent of the faculty readiness to adopt this technological change. A qualitative case study design was used that employed multiple sources of information including semi-structured interviews and existing literature. The target population was AUL faculty including full-time instructors and administration (n = 25). Data analysis was guided by the lens of Kanter's theoretical approach, which focused on the ADKAR model for adopting change in faculty's awareness, desire, knowledge, ability, and reinforcement. Key findings indicated negative faculty impressions concerning online learning authority over technology use, culture, and changes such as increased enrollment and different teaching styles. Despite these findings, opportunity for the adoption of online learning was identified. Faculty indicated positive elements, such as the competitive advantage to be the first online institution in the Lebanese Market and higher student enrollment. These results may encourage AUL's faculty to adopt online learning and to follow the educational development steps taken worldwide. This study contributes to social change by expanding the ability of AUL and Lebanese students to compete globally.