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

Cher Ping LIM, Poh Teen CHEAH

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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. Copyright © 2003 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-47
JournalEducational Media International
Volume40
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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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), 33-47. doi: 10.1080/0952398032000092107