Special Considerations for E-Tutors (Tips for E-Tutor (Let students know…
Special Considerations for E-Tutors
Online tutoring is the process of tutoring in an online, virtual environment or networked environment in which teachers and learners are separated by time and space. Online tutoring, as a reflection of the diversity of the wider Internet, is practiced using many different approaches and is addressed to distinct sets of users. The distinctions are in online content and interface, as well as in tutoring and tutor-training methodologies.
E-tutoring can be defined as teaching, support, management and assessment of students on programs of study that involve a significant use of online technologies (TechLearn, 2000). Thus, at first glance, e-tutoring is only different to tutoring in terms of the involvement of technology. Herein, however, are contained vital differences in terms of time, distance and the specific technologies adopted, and these all have implications for teaching staff. The capabilities required can be quite different to face-to-face teaching both in terms of integrating appropriate forms of technology into learning activities and in managing and supporting students' learning online.
Characteristics of online Environments
Non Verbal cues, essential for the tutoring process, are not present
Experience with the technological medium is needed for both tutor and learner
Tutors can communicate with the learner using new ways and by exploiting features of the online environment.
Online record of tutor remarks at the disposal of the learner
Facilitate collaborative learning and group working
Challenges for E-Tutors
Managing the shift in the role from expert deliverer to guide and mentor
Managing interactions between students
Motivating and supporting students
Managing the complexities of online communications
Tips for E-Tutor
Let students know how much toy can help them out
Respond to doubts and queries within the reasonable period of time
Set interesting assignments
Guide students through difficult areas
Give feedback on work submitted
Allocate sufficient time online to tutor students
Don't communicate by sending messages only, since it can lead to a loss of motivation
Make it personal
Get to know your students and adapt your lesson to their needs
Give a prospective student a learning style test so you can decide on the particular approach you would like to take with them.
Make learning fun
Find new ways to make the learning process fun and fresh
Encourage critical thinking
Share your own learning experiences with students
Share any helpful learning strategies and techniques that you came across
Teach your students how to study
Encourage students to do their own research
Give due importance to presentation
Encourage the use of tools to spellcheck, media for an interesting and clear presentation.