by Kaitlyn Coughlin, Public Relations Writer
Deidre Sizer, tutoring and office coordinator at The Cove, will manage the eTutoring initiative at Cedarville University. She received advanced tutor training certification through the National Tutoring Association, which has equipped her to fill this new role.
ETutoring is a growing collaborative effort between Ohio’s two-and-four-year institutions. The program allows undergraduate students to interact with trained tutors in numerous academic areas including accounting, anatomy and physiology, biology, calculus, chemistry, math and statistics. Students can interact with tutors through live eChats, whiteboards, document-sharing and instant messaging. The program is free of charge for universities and students and is funded by eStudent Services, a division of the Ohio Technology Consortium (OH-TECH).
“Online tutoring is definitely growing, and eTutoring allows Cedarville University to collaborate with the larger schools in the state of Ohio,” Sizer said.
“The more we work together, the more we can help our students,” added Kim Ahlgrim, associate dean of the Academic Enrichment Center.
Over 40 colleges and universities – including Ohio State University, Youngstown State University, Cleveland State University, Kent State University and Capital University – are participating in the eTutoring program. The goal is to have all 107 Ohio institutions of higher education join the collaborative.
Participating schools identify and provide pay trained tutors for the program. Many of the tutors are current faculty members, retired professionals or exceptional undergraduate or graduate students. Tutors must complete online eTutoring-specific training and must be approved by the Ohio eTutoring Coordinator. Tutors are available 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. seven days a week.
“Partnering with Ohio eTutoring gives us opportunities to network and to provide our students with unique tutoring opportunities,” Ahlgrim said.
Alghrim said that eTutoring is a response to providing academic resources to meet the needs of students. According to data from a 2012 Noel-Levitz, Inc. National Freshman Attitudes Report survey, more than 90,000 college freshman indicated their self-reported needs and desire for different types of academic assistance, ranging from instruction in taking college exams to help with improving study habits to tutoring in courses. Ohio eTutoring is a response to those needs.
The Academic Enrichment Center will host the Ohio eTutoring regional conference on October 17, 2012. The event is for participating schools and for those interested in joining the collaboration. Gary Cates, senior vice chancellor for innovation and enterprise development at the Ohio Board of Regents, will attend the event along with tutoring coordinators and administrators.
Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,400 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Celebrating 125 years of inspiring greatness, Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at www.cedarville.edu.