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ERIC Number: ED479572
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Wearing Four Pairs of Shoes: The Roles of E-Learning Facilitators.
Hootstein, Ed
The teacher-centered model that has dominated instruction for centuries is slowly giving way to a learner-centered conception with instructors in roles of facilitators, or "guides on the side." Active learning and collaboration increasingly characterize learning environments. E-learning is unable to promote learning on its own. Its use does not preclude facilitators' responsibilities for structuring learning experiences. The effectiveness and success of e-learning programs depend on facilitators' roles in delivering and managing instruction. E-learning facilitators take on four roles to meet the necessary conditions of effectiveness, because they "wear four pairs of shoes." These are: (1) instructors, (2) social directors, (3) managers, and (4) technical assistants. The framework discussed in this paper provides a means of describing tasks and responsibilities of e-learning facilitators. (Contains 30 references.) (Author)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Note: In: E-Learn 2002 World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, & Higher Education. Proceedings (7th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, October 15-19, 2002); see IR 022 093.