Communication Channels and the Adoption of Web-based Courses by University Professors

Scott Reid
University of Ottawa


This qualitative study examines the structure and importance of communication channels in the adoption of Web-based courses by university professors. This study provides insight into the importance of informal communication among peers, the changing nature of communication networks, factors that impede communication, the role of change agents in facilitating communication channels, and the changing concept of “proximity” which is being developed in the context of increased use of information and communication technology. By offering insight into the communication channels of these adopters, valuable information is gained into possible strategies for encouraging adoption of Web-based courses.

About the Author(s)...

Scott Reid is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Ottawa in Canada. He works as a researcher with the House of Assembly in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.  His research interests include the integration of information and communication technology into education, human reaction to change, educational leadership and education policy. Scott may be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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