Int. J. of Learning Technology   »   2010 Vol.5, No.2

 

 

Title: Dynamic management of tutors' roles in an online learning system

 

Author: Yacine Lafifi, Karima Azzouz, Hajer Faci, Wassila Herkas

 

Addresses:
Computer Science Department, University of Guelma, BP 401 Guelma, 24000, Algeria.
Computer Science Department, University of Guelma, BP 401 Guelma, 24000, Algeria.
Computer Science Department, University of Guelma, BP 401 Guelma, 24000, Algeria.
Psychology Department, University of Guelma, BP 401 Guelma, 24000, Algeria

 

Abstract: In online learning environments, the tutor's role is essential. The tutor has several roles and consequently has several functions according to the context and the target community. In existing learning systems, these roles are fixed once and for all and sometimes are not explicitly defined. This makes pedagogical tasks very difficult as well as the tutor's social support for learners. To overcome these problems, an online system for learning and tutoring called LETline is implemented. In this system, the tutor's roles and tasks are dynamic and depend on tutor's skills. Learners' assistance requests can be easily expressed through semi-structured interfaces made for this purpose. They are related to each tutor's role as well as to the task or the corresponding function. Moreover, the tutor's interventions traces, as well as those of learners, are saved in order to be visualised thereafter.

 

Keywords: tutor roles; e-learning; tutor intervention traces; assistance requests; online learning; electronic learning; tutoring; learner assistance; distance learning; student monitoring; student supervision.

 

DOI: 10.1504/IJLT.2010.034545

 

Int. J. of Learning Technology, 2010 Vol.5, No.2, pp.103 - 129

 

Available online: 07 Aug 2010

 

 

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