Supporting Autonomous Learning: How Effective Are Online Tutors?

Kaur, Abtar and Mansor Fadzil, and Ansary Ahmed, (2005) Supporting Autonomous Learning: How Effective Are Online Tutors? In: World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (EDMEDIA) 2005, 27 June 2005, Montreal, Canada.

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The emergence of the World Wide Web and related technologies has encouraged many higher learning institutions to include online classroom characteristics into the learning process. At the Open University Malaysia (OUM), online learning forms a crucial element in achieving institutional aims and learning philosophy. Being distanced from the physical campus, OUM students are expected to be autonomous. But physical autonomy demands the institution to provide the challenge for mental autonomy and online learning is one such channel. In a research and subsequent issue of "How effective are online tutors?" a total of 2851 postings were analysed using the following rubrics: motivation, communication, engaging the learner, knowledge building, encouraging higher-order thinking, collaborative online learning and technology support. Findings showed that OUM tutors are adequately supportive in motivating and communicating with students but need to pay particular attention all other areas. (Authors' abstract)

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Online classroom ; Effectiveness of online tutor
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Depositing User: Shahril Effendi Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2010 06:00
Last Modified: 17 May 2013 02:37

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