An Assessment of E-Tutoring Preparedness for asynchronous classes in Open and Distance Learning at the Zimbabwe Open University

Chakuchichi , David Chakuchichi (2010) An Assessment of E-Tutoring Preparedness for asynchronous classes in Open and Distance Learning at the Zimbabwe Open University. In: Distance Education Association of Southern Africa (DEASA) Conference , September 2010 , Lilongwe, Malawi.

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In Open and Distance Learning (ODL), the shift from synchronous to asynchronous models of instruction is gaining momentum. Asynchronous models in ODL enhance universities’ potential to reach a larger component of the student market as distance is no longer any issue. However, there are a number of variables that must be considered in order for the strategy to be effective. McKenzie points out that the transition from other forms of instructional delivery to E-tutoring involves changing mindsets on both the tutors and students. For effective e-tutoring to take place a number of workshops should take place in order to change these mindsets and to prepare tutors for the complexities of the new role. E- Tutoring involves online collaboration, posting of information on the websites, using e-mail for communication as well as receiving students responses via the same routes. In E-tutoring interaction between tutor and student is facilitated by digital technology through computers, CDROM, internet and or cell phones. E-Tutor Preparedness focused on the challenging roles of the tutor which include pedagogical role, social role, organizational role and technical role. In an asynchronous set up both the pedagogical and social role may be affected by lack of training and evaluation. The study sought to establish the level of preparedness for E-tutoring for the Zimbabwe Open University. A self report questionnaire was sent to all e-tutors in the ZOU through e-mail. The responses were analysed using Moonstats and Genstats for social science research to establish the level of preparedness of E-tutors in the four domains. The findings indicated enthusiasm in E-Tutoring, a general lack of preparedness and lack of understanding of some aspects of it. The study recommends that thorough in- house training and capacitation should given the selected E-tutors for the successful and sustainable implementation of the project.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Depositing User: Mr. Luxmore Chiwuta
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2011 07:40
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2011 09:16

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