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What are tutors' experiences with online teaching?: a phenomenographic study

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  • Cvetanka Walter
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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>01/2016
<mark>Journal</mark>International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning
Issue number1
Volume8
Number of pages16
Pages (from-to)18-33
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This study seeks an understanding of how tutors perceived the online part of a blended learning course in the context of teaching English as a foreign language at a German university. To gain knowledge about the ways in which the tutors experienced the phenomenon, a phenomenographic methodological framework was employed. Identified were four different ways of conceiving the online course as: A) a one-way street of communication: to provide students with extra materials to practice individually and for asynchronous communication, B) an add-on to on-campus classes; C) a distant relationship between students and online tutors; and D) an opportunity for tutor's professional development and team communication. The phenomenographic approach allowed to reveal variations of tutors' perceptions of teaching online with a view of enhancing the university curriculum. The findings may have implications for university teachers and educational designers.