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ERIC Number: EJ1171202
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1470-3297
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.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Italy
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