Series - Best Practices For Tutoring And Learning Centers

 
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Overview of Series
Learning and tutoring centers have the potential to become the nucleus of initiatives that focus the entire institution on improving learning. This webinar series will assist institutions of higher education as they improve their tutoring programs and practices to better serve today’s students.

Join us to explore specific strategies tutoring professionals can use to best you’re your students succeed academically. Learn how to best organize and market your center, as well as how to build a 5-week, high-impact training program for tutors. Discover how to develop an action plan for expanding the learning center’s sphere of influence on campus. Finally, providing online tutoring support remains a growing challenge for student support services in higher education. The last webinar in the series will help the learning professional understand all facets of what to consider, both technological and pedagogical, in delivering online tutoring services to college students.

Colleges and universities have long incorporated tutoring in their retention efforts. However, it is often up to academic support professionals to develop best practices and make their programs visible on campus. This webinar will assist college tutoring coordinators and professionals in improving their programs and tutoring practices and will explore specific strategies tutoring professionals can use to best help students succeed academically.
Speaker(s): Johanna Dvorak, Ph.D.

How would you like the benefit of twenty-eight years of experience in developing tutor training? Imagine avoiding all those mistakes. Envision replicating great examples. Dream up new ideas. Here is the playbook for beginning, developing, or improving your tutor training.

As one professor noted, no tutor is better than a mediocre tutor! The quality of training will either prevent or foster mediocrity in a tutor. When training is at its best, tutors serve as agents of retention. The training we invest in them significantly impacts not only student learning but persistence.
Speaker(s): M.E. McWilliams

In the mid 1990’s the focus of academic institutions began shifting from what is taught by the faculty to what is learned by the students. This new focus on learning resulted in renewed interest in establishing campus learning centers. Learning centers have the potential to become the nucleus of initiatives that focus the entire institution on improving learning. However, to realize this potential, learning center leaders must identify stakeholders and partners, establish a campus wide presence for the learning center, and implement effective strategies for expanding the learning center's sphere of influence. This interactive workshop will provide strategies to enable the learning center to achieve significant campus-wide impact. Discussion will include specific strategies that will help you improve student learning and successfully move your learning center to a leadership position on campus.
Speaker(s): Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire

Providing online tutoring support remains a growing challenge for student support services in higher education. With limited budgets and maxed out resources, learning center professionals and faculty must have a clear understanding of the options available to buy tutoring services, to create their own online tutoring programs, or to join or create an online tutoring collaboration.

All three options offer their own distinct advantages and disadvantages. This presentation will address the considerations academic professionals want to assess as they determine how they can best deliver tutoring support to an increasingly diverse and widely distributed student population given the limitations of funding and available staffing.
Speaker(s): Carolyn Rogers