Today marked another Elluminate session. This time a plenary with our Tutor, a voting activity, a blog grid, then discussions with D. We had 20 mins to talk (just the two of us) and I fear that D may have felt she had the runt. Meanwhile I was quite happy to quiz D on info relating to her experiences.
To talk, take notes and then feedback is quite an undertaking, when you are speaking with someone you don’t know. I confess I was a bit fried at the end of the 75 min session and the feedback from the other groups is a bit of blur.
There were no questions so our discussion ranged quite a bit:
When f2f is compared with online how do the tutoring times compare and is this relevant
- 16 hours over 9 months, what did that mean in reality, what did it look like on-line.
- D’s experience that most tutors new to online teaching are surprised by the online workload
The importance of the online tutor
- Without doubt the H(uman) factor is important
The relevance of comparing f2f with online
- Are they not different beasts entirely? Why should we compare them, can we not set the latter free to be judged by its own metrics?
Managing expectations (of students)
- State work times to avoid having to say “I have been asleep” to a student asking why you haven’t responded at 7pm to a question asked at 11pm.
Training students in online etiquette
- This is best laid out explicitly in early stages of the course
If I could have f2f would I now want it?
- I was caught a bit off gaurd by this question, I think the answer is no, it fits with the job, and I’ve got kind of used to it. On forum light weeks I feel a bit lost. I have grown to like the reflective forum contributions, even though I am not a great contributor.
- D talked about the freedom of online for not having to look cool, fit in etc.
- It’s less easy for one person to be dominant, the quieter ones have a chance to speak up (write up!) and say brilliant things.
I was a bit of a coward and let D feedback as she had taken notes, I was out of it. Four is probably the elluminate subgroup optimum – speaking listening and notetaking is a bit much for the humble mortal.