Role of the educator in supporting learning in an online environment: vision for the future

Reushle, Shirley and McDonald, Jacquelin (2004) Role of the educator in supporting learning in an online environment: vision for the future. In: International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE 2004): Acquiring and Constructing Knowledge Through Human-Computer Interaction Creating New Visions for the Future of Learning, 30 Nov-3 Dec 2004, Melbourne, Australia.


There is often a perception that human-computer interaction online is an impersonal activity. However, online teaching practitioners at the University of Southern Queensland have identified that a critical principle of online pedagogy is that the 'human' touch must be created and maintained throughout the learning experience, enabling learners to be members of a facilitated, interactive learning community. The focus on high levels of interaction creates quality online experiences but this approach can be time and labour intensive. The authors have explored teaching and learning issues in the online environment, and a number of ways to address these issues. They have also trialled the use of tutors from both national and international arenas to support on-site educators. The purpose of this paper is to examine the role of the educator in supporting the online learner by reflecting on the experiences of practitioners, online learners, and the literature.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Authors retain copyright. Readers must contact Common Ground for permission to reproduce. COMMON GROUND PUBLISHING PO Box 463, Altona, Victoria, 3018, Australia.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:49
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2013 06:27
Uncontrolled Keywords: role of online teacher; mentoring; international tutors; peer-learning partnership
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080602 Computer-Human Interaction
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies

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