Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Tutor Training

Principles of Tutoring & Demonstrating" (ANU, 2014):
"Principles of Tutoring and Demonstrating is a decamod in the Academic Professional Development (APD) program. It is a program specifically designed for research students to give a broad introduction to university teaching in the context of tutoring and demonstrating. It runs weekly during semester to provide ongoing support just when tutors and demonstrators may need it. "
This was made up of ten modules:

  • Preparing for the first class
  • Overview of rights and responsibilities
  • Reflective practice
  • The Professional Standards Framework and the EFS
2. Setting the Scene: Student Learning

  • Student learning styles and how this affects the way we teach
  • The role of the teacher - Theories of teaching
3.  Planning a Tutorial
  • Theories of student learning and lesson planning
  • Structuring a teaching session
4.  Teaching Groups & individuals
  • Small group and cooperative learning strategies
  • Strategies for engaging with student one-on-one
 5. Dynamics & Diversity
  • Dealing with diverse groups of students.
  • Responding to challenging situations and "difficult" students
  • Notions of group life cycle
  • Student needs and support services
 6. Introduction to Wattle* for Tutors
  • Tricks and tips for using Wattle to enhance your teaching
 7.  Peer Observation
  • Observation of another tutor with reflection online 
 8. Assessment & Marking

 9. Evaluation & Reflective Practice

  • Evaluation practices
  • Creating a teaching portfolio
  • Action learning - evaluation to inform practice
  • Personal reflection
10.  Troubleshooting (The Tutoring Toolkit)
  • Discussion of teaching scenarios from past semester
  • Key skills in a tutor's teaching toolkit
ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS ) offered a Teaching and quality Program (TQP), based on the above.

 * Wattle is ANU's Learning Management System, made up of Moodle and other tools.

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