Postgraduate peer tutors supporting academic skills in online programmes

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Abstract

This case study presents an evaluation of an online, distance-learning, postgraduate peer tutor project, covering the pilot and post-pilot years 2013-15. The project has two core aims: first, to develop student academic skills in group facilitation and learning support; second, to enhance support for increasing numbers of online, distance-learning students by facilitating more live sessions and providing postgraduate study advice. Feedback from staff, peer tutors and the students involved suggests that peer tutoring is successful in improving distance learners’ experience through enhanced support and fostering a sense of community; for the peer tutors, the opportunities to develop graduate skills in tutoring and collaborating as part of the academic community.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Learning Development in Higher Education
VolumeSpecial Edition: Academic Peer Learning Pt 2
Publication statusPublished - 5 Apr 2016

Keywords

  • Peer support
  • Online learning
  • Distance learning
  • postgraduate
  • student experiences

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