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Should We Add an Online Tutoring Component? Things to Consider Tim Vick Academic Resource Center Director Macon State College Macon, Georgia.

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1 Should We Add an Online Tutoring Component? Things to Consider Tim Vick Academic Resource Center Director Macon State College Macon, Georgia

2 Online Tutoring First, lets look at: –What it is. –What it isnt. –Pros –Cons

3 Online Tutoring What it is (or should be): –Online tutoring is part pastoral, part technical, part pedagogical, and all hard work. 1 –Just like converting a course to a distance learning model, online tutoring should mirror the climate of the F2F session as closely as possible given the technological constraints. 1 Teaching Online, Nicky Hockly and Gavin Dudeney, 15 June 2005, found online 1/3/08 at http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/think/methodology/etutor.shtml

4 Online Tutoring What it isnt (or shouldnt be) –A replacement for F2F tutoring for those who are more comfortable in that environment –An answering or proofreading/editing service –A replacement for going to class!

5 Online Tutoring Pros –Convenience for students Especially those who may be hesitant to use F2F tutoring –Convenience for tutors –Benefits for tutors

6 Online Tutoring Cons –High cost of implementation (based on platform) –Technological hurdles –Paradigm shift –More training

7 Online Tutoring Next, Lets look at how we can make it work –Do we have institutional support? –What model do we want to use? –Do we have funding? –Can we train tutors to work in the online environment? –Are our students ready for this?

8 Online Tutoring Do we have institutional support? –Consider all stakeholders –Administration, faculty, tutoring staff, students

9 Online Tutoring What model do we want to use? –Synchronous/asynchronous –Home-grown system –Commercial system

10 Online Tutoring What model do we want to use? (continued) –Phone chat –IM Chat –Email Sessions –Collaboration with other institutions

11 Online Tutoring Do we have the necessary funding?

12 Online Tutoring Can we train tutors to work in the online environment?

13 Online Tutoring Are our students ready for this?

14 Online Tutoring Conclusion –Check the Internet –Make an informed decision

15 Discussion Board Please go to the Discussion Board and answer the prompt that will cover both Jim Valkenburgs module and mine. Thank you.


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