A Model for Professional Competency of Instructors in E-learning Environments Using Meta-Synthesis Method

Mahboubeh Aslami, Zohreh Esmaeili, Bahman Saeidipour, Mohammad Reza Sarmadi


The current study aims to present a comprehensive model for professional competence of instructors in e-learning environments. The research literature confirms that the quality of e-learning courses is highly influenced by competence of instructors, and this study provides the researchers with the opportunity to reach a consensus on a set of competencies necessary for e-instructors; which can lead to a professional development and organizational support for instructors of this domain. Through a systematic review of literature and using qualitative meta-synthesis, 7 dimensions of competency (social, ethical, managerial, personal, technological, pedagogical, and supervisory) and 21 components were extracted from twenty two papers. The content validity of this model was confirmed by five experts; the value of kappa coefficients for reliability of the model was 0.85.This model can act as a basis for planning by educational managers for selection, training, and promotion of e-learning instructors.



Instructors' Competency Model, E-learning, Meta-Synthesis.

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