<13> The tutoring is conducted by e mail, by telephone or face to face. For distance
education students, interaction is encouraged through study schools, tele conferences and
visits by lecturing staff
<43> The tutoring is conducted by e mail, by telephone or face to face. The difficulty
with encouraging and emphasizing flexibility is that the impression may be one of
working alone. This is overcome by organizing assignments, multiple choice
questionnaires and discussion groups.
<47> The tutoring is conducted by e mail, by telephone or face to face individually and in
groups. The students are involved in SMEs in the border areas between Ireland and
Northern Ireland so tutoring has had to be carried out at times, which suit self, employed
people. In this regard e mail was most successful as a preliminary step before face to face
<59> As mentioned there is some direct tutoring face to face and tutoring on the web
through assignments sent in by e mail to be commented on by the tutor. Communication
also takes place in the conferences for all participants. There is no organized tutoring on
sub group (or sub class) level.
<69> Tutoring is mainly provided by the tutor. Please note that the course provision has a
mixed meaning that 60% of the course is provided on a face to face basis and only 40%
of the course is based on distance learning. The students are encouraged to develop group
tasks and group tutoring is provided.
<30> Tutors give feedback on all questions and comments on e mail and comments in
discussions groups on the listserv. The videoconferences are important for discussion on
academic matters read on the web between sessions. Communication during the
videoconferences is a central part of the didactic structure of the course. The
videoconferences are not mandatory, however, the majority of the students take part in
these conferences. Assignments in the course are discussed and commented during the
videoconferences. The students also receive written individual comments on their
submitted work normally via e mail. There are no automatic correction and feedback by
Some of the interviewees had an outspoken preference for asynchronous tutoring. Similar
preferences for synchronous tutoring was not found.
<63> Tutors give feedback on all questions and comments on e mail and comments in
discussions groups on the listserv. Assignments for submission are commented and
corrected by a tutors. We do not use synchronous communication, because it damages the
flexibility of the system.
<11> Tutoring is by lecturing staff. We don't use machine tutoring, unless you mean
FAQs. We don t like synchronous communication because it damages the flexibility of our
system but have some group tutoring to classes of 24.
<33> We have online tutors both for content and technical matters. They are supporting
the students with all possible ways. The students have detailed study guides online too but
they can ask more details from their tutors. Every tutor has small groups and can give their
support better way. We prefer asynchronous communication, it gives more flexibility for
the students. We also have a special course for learning online where the students can
practice the ways of communication and interaction online.