It is well documented in distance education literature that one of the factors that are considered essential to the success of an online course is the tutorial function. The role of counselor consists of assisting and encouraging students, building learning activities, and developing support strategies for the use of technology. The tutor thus was assessed as one element of great importance in on-line education, and, to some, an essential feature of this mode. In this paper, the importance of the tutorial function and its effect on the development of skills for using information and communication technology (ICT) in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers was analyzed. The results showed that on average the treatment contributed to improving the skills of teachers, as 100% of those analyzed for competence increased their scores. Interpolation lines were used for three domains, and demonstrated the effectiveness of the tutor function. The implications of this work are discussed in the context of the National Development Plan of Mexico (2003-2018), and more specifically, under the recommendations of the inclusion of ICT competency standards for teachers of UNESCO.
Chen, Alexander N.; McCalman, David; McMurtrey, Mark E.; Domínguez Castillo, J. Gabriel; and Manuel Cab Pech, Víctor
"Developing ICT Skills of STEM Teachers in Mexico: The Key Role of the Tutorial Function,"
Journal of International Technology and Information Management: Vol. 26
, Article 5.
Available at: http://scholarworks.lib.csusb.edu/jitim/vol26/iss3/5
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