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pixel.gif (807 bytes) Three roles for the online tutor
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THERE ARE MANY potential roles for the tutor and many ways of describing them, but here's three of the most important:

The tutor as subject expert
One of the roles for the tutor is to supplement self-study materials - filling in any gaps, clarifying any misunderstandings and pointing learners to sources of information.

The tutor as coach
The second main role is to act as coach, mentor or counsellor. These terms may have unique definitions but they also have a lot in common. The coach is responsible for helping the learner to achieve their learning goals by challenging, encouraging and providing constructive feedback.

The tutor as assessor
In many cases the tutor also has to act as assessor, checking to ensure that learners have achieved the learning objectives.

Let's take a closer look at each of these roles and their associated skill-sets.

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