ERIC Number: ED259223
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
An Examination of Tutor Management Strategies for Use in Distance Education. REDEAL Research Report #2. Project REDEAL. Research and Evaluation of Distance Education for the Adult Learner.
Coldeway, Dan O.
Credit completion rates, learner performance data, tutor input, and costs were compared between tutors managed by an incentive pay scheme and tutors paid a fixed rate. The incentive pay scheme calculated tutors' pay using learner completion rates; the fixed rate was for each learner enrolled per month. Two tutors in the incentive pay group and a third control tutor worked with learners in two introductory courses: World Ecology and Introduction to Computing. Tutors served as telephone tutors for home study packaged courses delivered by Athabasca University. Results indicated little difference in learner performance or credit completion rates between groups. The amount and quality of information provided by incentive pay scheme tutors was larger and more regular than for controls. Costs of implementing both systems were not found to be significantly different. The tutor was suggested as an agent of motivation in distance education. (Three tables and four figures are attached.) (Author/YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alberta Dept. of Advanced Education and Manpower, Edmonton.
Authoring Institution: Athabasca Univ., Edmonton (Alberta).
Identifiers - Location: Canada