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ERIC Number: EJ1005836
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1528-3518
The Impact of Web Conferencing Training on Peer Tutors' Attitudes toward Distance Education
Dvorak, Johanna; Roessger, Kevin
Quarterly Review of Distance Education, v13 n1 p31-37 2012
This study investigated the attitudes of peer tutors who received web conferencing training in preparation for synchronous online tutoring. A quasi-experimental design was employed to evaluate changes in peer tutors' attitudes toward distance learning following participation in an online tutor training program. Peer tutors were found to have: (a) an increased sense of the importance of distance learning offerings to adult learners' success, (b) an increased sense of the effectiveness of distance education programs compared to face-to-face, (c) an increased sense of experience level using distance learning tools, and (d) an increased sense of comfort using distance learning tools. Participants also demonstrated an increased overall positive attitude toward distance education. No significant difference in training effects between gender and age groups was found. Implications and suggestions for future research are discussed. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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