The Tutor's Role

Cornelius, Sarah and Higgison, Carol (2000) The Tutor's Role. In: Online Tutoring Skills e-Book. OTiS Project, Heriot-Watt University and Robert Gordon University, Scotland and Web, 2.1-2.51.

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This chapter addresses three questions about being an effective online tutor: 1. Why do we still think that online tutoring can principally draw its basis from face-to-face group processes and dynamics or traditional pedagogy? 2. Does the literature tell us anything more than we would make as an intelligent guess? 3. Do we really know what an ‘effective’ online tutor would be doing? The OTiS participants have gone some way to answering these questions, through the presentation and discussion of their own online tutoring experiences. Literature in this area is still limited, and suffers from the need for timeliness of publication to be useful. Intelligent guesses are all very well, but much better as a source of information for online tutors are the reflections and documented experiences of practitioners. These experiences reveal that face-to-face pedagogy has some elements to offer the online tutor, but that there are key differences and there is a need to examine the processes and dynamics of online learning to inform online tutoring.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: online tutoring e-tutor
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5800 - 5808 Distance education
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Online Learning
Depositing User: Helen Keegan
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2009 09:03
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2011 08:53

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