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Title: A model for online learner support based on selecting appropriate peer tutors
Authors: Van Rosmalen, Peter
Sloep, Peter
Brouns, Francis
Kester, Liesbeth
Berlanga, Adriana
Bitter-Rijpkema, Marlies
Koper, Rob
Keywords: elearning
lifelong learners
peer support
Issue Date: 30-Oct-2007
Abstract: Tutors have only limited time to support students. In this paper, we discuss a model that addresses the question of how to help students answer content-related questions. A small group of students is created, which consists of the student who asked the question and peers who should be able to answer it. Criteria used to compose the group are the content of the question in relation to the knowledge and skills of the peers. The model supports the collaboration with text fragments selected from the study materials. We will introduce the model and briefly discuss the results of the calibration and a simulation of the model. Finally, we will discuss the outcome of an experiment with two groups of approximately 50 students, who used the model for a period of 8 weeks. The results indicate that the students positively value the model and that it is possible to solve a substantial number of their questions.
Description: The definitive version is available at Please cite this as: Van Rosmalen, P., Sloep, P.B, Brouns, F., Kester, L., Berlanga, A., Bitter, M., Koper, R. (2008). A model for online learner support based on selecting appropriate peer tutors. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning 24, 483–493. Available online at doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2729.2008.00283.x
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