Tutors' perspectives on online facilitation of ESL courses in distance education

Li Hsien Ooi*, Lay Huah Goh, Arathai Din Eak, Cheng Teik Ong

*Corresponding author for this work

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Online facilitation in distance education presents many challenges that involve both the learners and instructors. Through these challenges, the roles tutors' play and their best practices used in online facilitation should be looked into to improve the distance-learning experience. In view of this, this chapter attempted to examine the perspectives of experienced tutors engaged in the university's virtual learning environment, WawasanLearn. Based on the interview findings of eight tutors, several emergent findings highlighted the roles and challenges of effective online facilitation. As this research is based on the guidelines of the prominent Salmon 's model, the findings also highlighted antecedents that substantiate best practices of online facilitation. Findings indicated that understanding the dynamics of online facilitation among relevant stakeholders is critical to improve the teaching and learning experience in distance education.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInnovative Applications of Online Pedagogy and Course Design
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781522554677
ISBN (Print)1522554661, 9781522554660
Publication statusPublished - 9 May 2018
Externally publishedYes


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