Thursday, August 12, 2010

Roles of the e-tutor

How does an online trainer differ from a face to face one? Sorry I don't have a punch line to that one (yet), but An examination of the role of the e-tutor by Annegret Goold, Jo Coldwell and Annemieke Craig from Australasian Journal of Educational Technology Vol 26, No. 5, 2010 outlines some of the key areas we can at least see emerging in this new kind of teaching role.

What's interesting is see how much time is spent by online trainers in each of the roles outlined in the diagram above. A good exercise would be to see what roles are the most critical for learning and to find weaknesses in a team or individual that can be improved on. Although I agree that online trainers need to have skills in all these roles, in most cases the roles are shared across a team.

Read the full article here

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