HomeAuthors: David Mathew, Susan Sapsed. Following the stories of three learners on the distance learning option of a Masters degree in Public Health, this paper presents findings that suggest that with distance learning programmes, both technology and pedagogy are vital and interdependent components. We show that online tutors assume roles beyond the customary scope of teaching: they are frequently obliged to assume pastoral care roles that might be better suited to a counsellor or a professional in a different industry. Download the Document.