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A hugely important area in any form of face to face and PBL delivery is the role of the tutor; in an e-learning environment, it is even more crucial. The role of the tutor in blended PBL is both special and crucial for effective learning outcomes and enjoyable learning experiences for students in higher education. As an educational developer and tutor in higher education, whilst working with academic staff, I encounter issues in postgraduate modules that use blended problem-based learning delivery methods. IN this professional context, blended learning refers to a merging of classroom and online activities that must be integrated by the tutor in ways that allows them to facilitate learning as a coherent and effective whole. Within this, the research argues that it is important to consider and explore what tutoring strategies are appropriate for different learning paradigms. For instance, electronic PBL |(e-PBL) utilizes an online learning environment (OLE) that will create a puzzlement that engages a group of learners in inquiry activities consistent with the goals of the course. The tutor's role is not at the content, but at the metacognitive level, where they model, scaffod and support learner thinking.
Donnelly, R. (2005). Contemplating the Evolving Role of the Tutor in Blended Problem Based Learning in Higher Education. International PBL ConferenceLahti, Finland, June 9-11.