Technological options in supervising remote research students

Sussex, Roland (2008) Technological options in supervising remote research students. Higher Education, 55 1: 121-137. doi:10.1007/s10734-006-9038-0

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Author Sussex, Roland
Title Technological options in supervising remote research students
Journal name Higher Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0018-1560
Publication date 2008-01-01
Year available 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10734-006-9038-0
Open Access Status
Volume 55
Issue 1
Start page 121
End page 137
Total pages 17
Editor G. Harman
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Subject 200401 Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics
200405 Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics)
9302 Teaching and Instruction
Abstract Students undertaking remote research degrees need special support from their supervisors, since they lack the rich environment of on-campus students and the face-to-face contact with supervisors and peers. Information Technology provides a wide variety of channels, most of them fast and relatively inexpensive, for developing and sustaining viable supervisory communication. An analysis of these options along the written/spoken and synchronous/asynchronous axes allows us to develop a useful taxonomy of communication for research supervision. Most of these options are usually regarded as second-best in comparison to face-to-face discussions with the supervisor. However, many IT media can be recorded, and so are retrievable. This feature emerges as a central component of effective supervision, and one which is not often accommodated in face-to-face supervision. A combination of media, involving maximum immediacy and personal interaction combined with recording for later review, has been shown in practice to yield the richest and most flexible supervision.
Keyword Remote
Research student
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Additional Notes Article first published online 10 October 2006 and in hard copy January 2008. Could not be claimed under 2007 specs, thus claimed as 2008 Publication.

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