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INTRODUCTION TO E-TUTORING. TOPICS TO BE COVERED:. Definition of an etutor What is and etutor? Who is an etutor? Competencies required Role of the traditional tutor Advantages and disadvantages of traditional tutoring Advantages and disadvantages of an etutor Interaction Models.

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topics to be covered
TOPICS TO BE COVERED:
  • Definition of an etutor
  • What is and etutor?
  • Who is an etutor?
  • Competencies required
  • Role of the traditional tutor
  • Advantages and disadvantages of traditional tutoring
  • Advantages and disadvantages of an etutor
  • Interaction Models
lesson objectives
LESSON OBJECTIVES:

At the end of this lesson the learner should be able to:

  • Define e-tutoring.
  • Contrast the competencies required of an e-tutor with that of a traditional tutor.
  • Illustrate using scenarios from their working environment how the roles of tutors and learners will change in the online environment.
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LESSON OBJECTIVES:
  • Learners should be able to identify lecturing models that underpin the design of an online classroom.

Define the following interaction:

  • Student-student
  • Student-tutor
  • Student-content
definition
DEFINITION
  • E-tutoring can be defined as teaching, support, management and assessment of students on programmes of study that involve a significant use of online technologies (TechLearn, 2000).
what is an etutor
WHAT IS AN ETUTOR?
  • An E-Tutor is the interface between the learner and the knowledge. They give the feeling of closeness that reduces social isolation that usually engulfs the online learner
who is an e tutor
Subject matter expert

Mentor

Facilitator

Motivator

Counselor

Coach

Administrator

Assessor

Technical support person

WHO IS AN E-TUTOR?

An e-tutor is a Jack-of-all-trades:

competencies required
COMPETENCIES REQUIRED
  • A good all round knowledge of the subject-matter of the course
  • The background pedagogy that underpins the course
  • A good understanding of the limits and limitations of the information and communications technology
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COMPETENCIES REQUIRED
  • A close working and sharing relationship with the learner
  • Providing learners with support and encouragement
  • Mentoring/counseling and advising
adv and disadv of traditional tutoring
Strengths

Direct communication between participants and tutor.

Favourable in case of learning soft skills.

Weaknesses

Usually not entire time of training is spent on effective learning.

Delays in training schedule, problems with getting right group together.

ADV. AND DISADV. OF TRADITIONAL TUTORING
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Strengths

Opportunity for asking questions, clarifying doubts and discussing subjects on the spot.

Contact with respected authorities and experienced professionals.

Weaknesses

Impossibility of adjusting message to level of all participants ('one size does not fit all')

Difficulties in monitoring participants' progress and evaluating acquired knowledge.

ADV. AND DISADV. OF TRADITIONAL TUTORING
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Weaknesses

Teaching process may vary depending on tutor, participants, time of day, atmosphere etc.

ADV. AND DISADV. OF TRADITIONAL TUTORING
adv and disadv of etutoring
Strengths

Well-documented efficiency of this learning method.

Significant decrease in funds spent on training arrangement

Weaknesses

High initial costs of the training production, particularly custom content in highly specialized fields of knowledge.

ADV. AND DISADV. OF ETUTORING
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Time saved as a result of lack of preparatory activities

Training can be conducted anytime and anywhere.

Need of appropriate IT infrastructure.

Limited efficiency in soft skills training.Lack of direct contact between participants.

ADV. AND DISADV. OF ETUTORING
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Strengths

Individual course of teaching adjusted to student's needs and skills.

ADV. AND DISADV. OF ETUTORING
learning models
LEARNING MODELS

An organisation may seek to implement any one of or a combination of the following three models of interaction:

  • Student-Student
  • Student-Tutor
  • Student-Content

The etutor will be required to formulate strategies for learning that are in keeping with the design employed by the institution

student student
STUDENT-STUDENT
  • Interaction between one learner and other learners, alone or in groups, with or without the real-time presence of the instructor
student tutor
STUDENT- TUTOR
  • interaction both between the learner and the tutor
student content
STUDENT-CONTENT
  • Interaction between the learner and the content or the subject of the study