The Impact of Web Conferencing Training on Peer Tutors' Attitudes toward Distance Education
Quarterly Review of Distance Education Volume 13, Number 1, ISSN 1528-3518
This study investigated the attitudes of peer tutors who received web conferencing training in preparation for synchronous online tutoring. A quasi-experimental design was employed to evaluate changes in peer tutors' attitudes toward distance learning following participation in an online tutor training program. Peer tutors were found to have: (a) an increased sense of the importance of distance learning offerings to adult learners' success, (b) an increased sense of the effectiveness of distance education programs compared to face-to-face, (c) an increased sense of experience level using distance learning tools, and (d) an increased sense of comfort using distance learning tools. Participants also demonstrated an increased overall positive attitude toward distance education. No significant difference in training effects between gender and age groups was found. Implications and suggestions for future research are discussed. (Contains 3 tables.)
Dvorak, J. & Roessger, K. (2012). The Impact of Web Conferencing Training on Peer Tutors' Attitudes toward Distance Education. Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 13(1), 31-37.