In Search of an Adequate Yet Affordable Tutor in Online Learning Networks

Peter Sloep, Peter Van Rosmalen, Liesbeth Kester, Francis Brouns, Rob Koper

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    Abstract

    Learning in a learning network tends to be taxing for tutors, mainly because of the heterogeneity of the student group. Moreover, online learners tend be ‘lone’ learners with little or no social contacts in the network. Traditionally, intelligent tutoring systems have been used to provide content related support to individual students. It is argued that these are not a sensible solution for learning networks as they are costly to set up and run, and do not solve the social isolation issue. An alternative solution, peer tutoring in ad hoc communities, is discussed. Although perhaps equally costly to develop, its running costs should be lower. Moreover, an ad hoc community is a first step towards better socially connections. And finally, peer tutoring is not a mere community chore, but a rewarding educational experience
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication Sixth IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies
    Subtitle of host publication(ICALT'06)
    EditorsR. Koper, P. Kommers, P. Kirschner, D. G. Sampson, W. Didderen
    Place of PublicationLos Alomitos
    PublisherIEEE
    Pages603-607
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Print)0-7695-2632-2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    EventIEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies - Kerkrade, Netherlands
    Duration: 5 Jul 20067 Jul 2006
    Conference number: 6

    Conference

    ConferenceIEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies
    Abbreviated titleICALT'06
    Country/TerritoryNetherlands
    CityKerkrade
    Period5/07/067/07/06

    Keywords

    • peer tutoring
    • learning network

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