The findings from these studies illustrate that learners are find face to face tutorials of more value than online tutorials. I personally find the online tutorials and discussions of more use than those of my last major face to face postgraduate course. I found that entire course to be a bad experience for various reasons, and I think that bad experience has completely put me off face to face courses.
Then check what other students in your tutor group have written.
- Do you agree with Price et al. that online tuition is a pastoral activity and not a purely academic activity?
Absolutely although I think there is a relationship. Developing the pastoral side can encourage an environment (online or face to face) which is condusive to constructive academic learning.
- Do you agree that the absence of what the authors call ‘paralinguistic cues’ in an online environment can limit the effectiveness of online tuition?
I think this is true in some cases, however I think more and more people are conducting much of their social/working and educational lives online. For some of these people communicating online may be a more comfortable environment and its benefits may outweigh the drawback of loosing paralinguistic cues