Bridging Online Community: the strategic role of the E-tutor

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Digital media have opened up new opportunities to reconceptualize e-learning. The three ages of media describe a shift from technology for distance education, to technology-supported groups and, currently, technology for Community development. Reflecting upon the profile of the e-tutor in the third phase of e-learning, our research was guided by three key-questions: what functions does the e-tutor fulfill? What tools does the e-tutor need? What communication actions should the e-tutor take care of? The research plan carried on 9 courses is based on quanti-qualitative method (a pre-course survey, a post-course survey, learning analytics, content analysis of tutor’s interactions and self-report). The results highlight the strategic role of the etutor to bridge the community.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBook of Abstracts. HELMeTO 2020 Second International Workshop on Higher Education Learning Methodologies and Technologies Online
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventHELMeTO 2020 Bari. Bridges and mediation - Virtual workshop
Duration: 17 Sep 202018 Sep 2020


ConferenceHELMeTO 2020 Bari. Bridges and mediation
CityVirtual workshop


  • e-learning
  • e-tutor
  • online community


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