Role-Playing and Role Interaction: A Case Study of Teachers’ Roles at ZG Open University in China
Xia Zhang, Zhiyong Zhu

The rapid development of Internet technology and online teaching greatly impacts the role of teachers, especially teachers at open universities in China. The paper aims to explore the roles that teachers play at ZG Open University and how teachers interact in these roles; it also examines elements that contribute to teachers’ role-playing and interaction.Four chaired professors at ZG Open University were chosen as research subjects for this research. Qualitative research methods, including interview, observation, and object collection methods, were adopted. It is found that the roles that the teachers play are overloaded, but these roles are somehow ambiguous and conflicted. We demonstrate the organizational, technological, personal, and social factors that influence teachers’ role-playing and interaction.

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