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Changing tutor roles in online tutorial support for Open Distance Learning through audio-graphic SCMC

Rosell-Aguilar, Fernando (2007). Changing tutor roles in online tutorial support for Open Distance Learning through audio-graphic SCMC. JALT CALL Journal, 3(1-2) pp. 81–94.

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The use of synchronous computer-mediated communication (SCMC) tools such as audio-graphic conferencing to provide tutorial support in Open Distance Learning (ODL) settings brings with it changes in roles and relationships between tutors and students which need to be researched to gain an insight into the learning experience of those teaching and being taught through the medium. In this paper we will report on a study of language tutors new to audio-graphic conferencing after they spent a year providing online tutorial support for a new beginners' Spanish distance learning language course. We will present how the tutors compare the online and face-to-face environments and how they perceive their roles as online tutors. We conclude that the success of tutorials in an audio-graphic environment depends on the individual tutor: their personality, warmth, and ability to communicate and manage learning become more relevant in the new environment; and that therefore training that goes beyond the technical and pedagogical and includes these aspects is required.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2007 JALT CALL SIG
ISSN: 1832-4215
Keywords: open distance learning; computer-assisted instruction; language learning; online tutors
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Languages
Education and Language Studies
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Language & Literacies
Item ID: 20857
Depositing User: Users 9543 not found.
Date Deposited: 05 May 2010 09:45
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2016 17:06
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