ERIC Number: EJ816080
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
A Model for Online Learner Support Based on Selecting Appropriate Peer Tutors
Van Rosmalen, P.; Sloep, P. B.; Brouns, F.; Kester, L.; Berlanga, A.; Bitter, M.; Koper, R.
Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, v24 n6 p483-493 Dec 2008
Tutors have only limited time to support students. In this paper, we discuss a model that addresses the question of how to help students answer content-related questions. A small group of students is created, which consists of the student who asked the question and peers who should be able to answer it. Criteria used to compose the group are the content of the question in relation to the knowledge and skills of the peers. The model supports the collaboration with text fragments selected from the study materials. We will introduce the model and briefly discuss the results of the calibration and a simulation of the model. Finally, we will discuss the outcome of an experiment with two groups of approximately 50 students who used the model for a period of 8 weeks. The results indicate that the students positively value the model and that it is possible to resolve a substantial number of their questions.
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Electronic Learning, Educational Technology, Internet, Peer Teaching, Peer Relationship, Academic Support Services, Simulation, Models, Experiments, Group Activities, Cooperation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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