The Use of Whiteboards in Synchronous Online Drop-In Tutorials in Distance Delivered Courses. Lawton Shaw Centre for Science. Outline. Background & Review The Pilot Project Demonstration Student Survey Results Conclusions Acknowledgments. Challenges in Tele-tutoring.
Centre for Science
How does a strong visual or strong kinesthetic learner actually learn much over the phone?
Semiotics: “the study of signs and symbols in various fields” (Oxford dictionary)
Language of chemistry:
1for example, Smith, H.J., Higgins, S., Wall, K.,
Miller, J. (2005) J. Comput. Assist. Lear. 21,
2Bourke, C. (2007) Aplis 20:2, 67-71
4TVOntario Independent Learning Centres: http://www.ilc.org/
5Smith, G.G., Ferguson, D. (2004) Int. J. Math. Educ. Sci. Tech. 35:5, 681-695
6Online Classroom June 2005, 5
(opportunities for interesting social aspects)
Have you used the online drop-in chemistry tutorial before?
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70% participation rate
17% completed evaluation survey
“watching and listening to other student's questions was a great learning experience. It was somewhat like sitting in a lecture hall listening to other student's questions after a lecture…”
“I really, really liked it! I found it very helpful - both in getting my own questions answered & also when listening to other student's questions. Even to know they sometimes had the same problems I did with some concepts was helpful. Or sometimes they thought of it in a different way, which was good to know & added to my understanding. “
“I enjoyed it very much. Being part of an actual tutor/exchange made me feel like I was part of a class community. Until now, I have felt very isolated while taking this course...“