Help! online calculus tutoring

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A multitude of students and volunteers across the world are participating in online discussion boards to receive and provide tutoring assistance anonymously. These e-communities are an important resource for students of the 'net generation' to resolve authentic questions and achieve understanding but have not received due attention in educational research. I investigate an open e-community that provides homework help for introductory calculus students. A corpus of 100 exchanges is analyzed for student and tutor participation, with special attention paid to problem-solving activity by the student. The results show that many students are using this e-community for mastery-oriented versus dependency-oriented help-seeking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on e-Learning, ICEL
PublisherAcademic Conferences Limited
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781905305469
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd International Conference on e-Learning, ICEL 2007 - New York, United States
Duration: Jun 28 2007Jun 29 2007


Other2nd International Conference on e-Learning, ICEL 2007
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew York


  • Calculus tutoring
  • Discussion forums
  • E-Help communities
  • Tutoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems
  • Education


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