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The role of tutors as an integral part of online learning support

McPherson, M.A. and Nunes, J.M.B. (2004) The role of tutors as an integral part of online learning support. European Journal of Open and Distance Learning. ISSN 1027-5207

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This paper discusses the changing roles of tutors when engaging with e-learning. Understanding the importance of these roles and identifying necessary tutoring skills is paramount for the success of e-learning solutions. Since online tutors play a critical role in e-learning, as the main agents responsible for the delivery of the courses and the support of the learners, they must be equipped with an appropriate set of skills and attributes in addition to subject matter expertise. This paper discusses four main types of roles (pedagogical, social, managerial and technical) and proposes Online Learning Support (OLS) as computer-mediated approaches to support and facilitate learning, using a combination of skills that encompass information and IT expertise, as well as expertise in the educational uses of online learning resources, environments and communication technologies. Therefore, the process of online tutoring is probably the most important critical success factor in learner acceptance of e-learning.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Local copy hosted with permission from the publisher
Keywords: e-tutoring, e-facilitating, e-learning, tutoring skills, tutor selection, online learning support
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Information School (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2006
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 16:48
Published Version: http://www.eurodl.org/materials/contrib/2004/Maggi...
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/999

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