Margaret Farren M.Ed. Phd

School of Education Studies, Dublin City University

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Home Masters Dissertations 2006 - 2010 How do I improve support and training for etutors in the Teagasc eCollege?

How do I improve support and training for etutors in the Teagasc eCollege?

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Abstract

This study investigates the development of a FETAC accredited etutor training programme and the provision of support for etutors in the Teagasc eCollege. Thirty one etutors participated in a blended etutor training programme. This programme was evaluated by the trainer and the participants. Information from these evaluations was compiled with online questionnaire results, emails from etutor trainers in the UK and USA, in order to identify the training needs of etutors and to establish the content of specifications for a new etutor training programme. The Teagasc Curriculum and Quality Assurance unit was involved in collaboration with Teagasc eCollege staff in this process. A resource pack was developed to provide etutors with essential information and guidelines for etutoring in the Teagasc Virtual Learning Environment. The resource pack will be updated on a yearly basis and will be available in an online format to etutors. An online discussion forum was facilitated to provide new etutors with support and guidance after their first experience of etutoring. This mode of support proved very successful and will be implemented to provide some of the formal training in the future. An action research approach was used as it allowed the trainer-researcher to explore the key question: How do I improve support and training for etutors in the Teagasc eCollege? The new training programme establishes a standard for etutor practice and will provide skills, knowledge and competencies for effective etutor practice in a knowledge based society.

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