Title

The role of the tutor in asynchronous discussion boards: A case study of a pre-service teacher course

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Taylor and Francis Ltd

Faculty

Faculty of Education and Arts

School

School of Education

RAS ID

9440

Comments

Lim, C. P., & Cheah, P. T. (2003). The role of the tutor in asynchronous discussion boards: A case study of a pre-service teacher course. Educational Media International, 40(1-2), 33-48.

Abstract

Based on a study conducted in a core module of the Postgraduate Diploma in Education programme at the National Institute of Education (Singapore), this paper provides an account of the perceptions and experiences of pre-service teachers on the roles of their tutors in the online discussion board. The research methods included a questionnaire survey, two focus group interviews and an analysis of the discussion records. The findings suggest that there are gaps between the experiences and perceptions of the pre-service teachers on the roles of their tutors. These identified gaps have various implications for the role of the online tutor in practice: setting meaningful tasks; guiding participants in the 'technicalities' of online discussion; participating actively in discussions by answering queries, providing feedback and posing conflicting views to elicit thinking/reflection; keeping the discussion focused; drawing conclusions and providing content expertise; and recommending resources for extension of learning.

DOI

10.1080/0952398032000092107

 
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Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.1080/0952398032000092107