A model for online learner support based on selecting appropriate peer tutors

Peter Van Rosmalen*, Peter Sloep, Francis Brouns, Liesbeth Kester, Adriana Berlanga, Marlies Bitter-Rijpkema, Rob Koper

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    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 solve a substantial number of their questions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)483-493
    Number of pages11
    JournalJournal of Computer Assisted Learning
    Issue number6
    Early online date27 Oct 2008
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2008


    • elearning
    • LSA
    • lifelong learners
    • peer support
    • workload


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