Transitions from Face-to-Face Teaching to Online Teaching: An Action Research Study

Shouhong Wang, University of Massachusetts–Dartmouth


Online education has grown over the past two decades, and more instructors are transforming their face-to-face courses into online courses. This article reports on an action research project of transitioning from face-to-face teaching to online teaching. It develops a theoretical framework of the action research project and explains the three phases of transition: design, implementation, and assessment. It also describes the process and challenges of the transition, presents the findings based on the information collected and analyzed through the action research project, and discusses further actions for instructors.

Keywords: Online education, online course development, action research, case study

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