ERIC Number: EJ1171202
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Peer e-Tutoring: Effects on Students' Participation and Interaction Style in Online Courses
Sansone, Nadia; Ligorio, Maria Beatrice; Buglass, Sarah L.
Innovations in Education and Teaching International, v55 n1 p13-22 2018
In this paper, we describe a procedure to promote active participation in online courses by supporting students in performing the role of an e-Tutor during group activities. A case study, conducted to explore the procedural effects both on students' interactions and on their perceptions about the role, is discussed. Eighteen university students (67% female, mean Age = 23 years) took part in online collaborative learning activities as part of a 15-week blended learning course. Twelve participants took turns in covering the role of e-Tutor. Findings were based on a mixed methods analysis of 7105 contributions posted online by the 18 students. An analysis of e-Tutor self-assessment forms was also considered. Results indicated that utilising peer-based e-Tutors promoted substantial active participation in online discussions. Moreover, students performing the role of e-Tutor adopted a supportive, collaborative and educational style, which was maintained even after their turn as e-Tutor had ended.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Online Courses, Peer Teaching, Tutoring, Computer Mediated Communication, Case Studies, Interaction, Interpersonal Relationship, Student Attitudes, Cooperative Learning, Learning Activities, Blended Learning, Mixed Methods Research, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Student Participation, Outcomes of Education, Data Analysis, Role Playing
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Italy
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