Postgraduate peer tutors supporting academic skills in online programmes

  • Sharon Boyd The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, The University of Edinburgh
  • Jessie Paterson The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, The University of Edinburgh
Keywords: Peer Support, Online Learning, Distance Learning, Postgraduate, Student Experience

Abstract

This case study presents an evaluation of an online, distance-learning, postgraduate peer tutor project, covering the pilot and post-pilot years 2013-15. The project has two core aims: first, to develop student academic skills in group facilitation and learning support; second, to enhance support for increasing numbers of online, distance-learning students by facilitating more live sessions and providing postgraduate study advice. Feedback from staff, peer tutors and the students involved suggests that peer tutoring is successful in improving distance learnersââ¬â¢ experience through enhanced support and fostering a sense of community; for the peer tutors, the opportunities to develop graduate skills in tutoring and collaborating as part of the academic community.

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Author Biographies

Sharon Boyd, The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, The University of Edinburgh
Lecturer in Distance Student Learning
Jessie Paterson, The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, The University of Edinburgh
Lecturer in Student Learning
Published
2016-05-03
How to Cite
Boyd, S. and Paterson, J. (2016) “Postgraduate peer tutors supporting academic skills in online programmes”, Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education. Plymouth, UK, 00. doi: 10.47408/jldhe.v0i0.370.