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On being a virtual tutor


The USA has always been ahead of the game where e-learning is concerned. Although tutors in this country may giving online lectures and student support as a novel development, some in the USA have been doing so for years (check out the Washington Post for some recent commentary on the topic).

A couple of American training consultants have recently written interesting articles about their involvement with online learning.

Vicky Phillips, publisher of the Virtual University Gazette, shares herexperiences of being a virtual professor and explains why she's "in favor of less learning that takes places on-campus and more learning that takes places in the minds of the participants".

Audrey Choden explains how she experienced a few hiccups on her first attempt at facilitating a session on line, and describes how she forgot just how much she normally relies on visual clues.

There are a number of other articles aimed more at distance learners themselves at


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