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ERIC Number: EJ770675
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Oct
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0158-7919
Impacts of Directed Tutorial Activities in Computer Conferencing: A Case Study
Painter, Clare; Coffin, Caroline; Hewings, Ann
Distance Education, v24 n2 p159-173 Oct 2003
This paper describes a qualitative study of asynchronous electronic conferencing by three tutorial groups on the same postgraduate course ("Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Worldwide"), forming part of an MA in Applied Linguistics (via Distance Education) at the Open University, UK. The groups varied in the degree to which the tutor participated in the discussion and in whether the tutor's input took the form of responding to student posts or the setting of tasks to scaffold the learners' development of academic skills. It is argued that the least interventionist strategy in terms of tutor response and task-setting resulted in the least productive conference discussion in terms of both communicative interaction and academic development, while a more interventionist role by the tutor depended for its success on characteristics of the tutor input and the task set. (Contains 4 tables and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom