A new profession in the education field: the teacher as a virtual coach

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A new profession in the education field: the teacher as a virtual coach

Mtro. Víctor Manuel Castro Valtierra
Profesor de Asignatura Virtual
Dirección de Educación Media Superior
Universidad Virtual del Estado de Guanajuato
vicastro@uveg.edu.mx

Abstract

The emergence of the internet and the development of ICTs brought along a new type of formal education: distance learning, which today has become a complete and absolute reality that keeps growing every day. One of the cornerstones of this educational modality —and which I consider is a fundamental element to its survival— is the tutor, facilitator or online teacher, who has evolved into a new profession with peculiar characteristics: the teacher as a virtual coach.

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