Continuing Professional Development, by reforming the multidimensional role of the e-tutor, is the main vision of Mr. Krokos, as he believes that each modern educator of 21st century, should be fully knowledgeable of any online educational tool or practice, in order to provide high quality courses adjusted to any student’s personal needs or goals.It is vitally important for each educator, to get rid of its traditional role as a teacher, equipped with paper notes, fixed methodology and a pedagogical practice without activating students’ way of thinking nor dialogue in classroom.
Professional development opportunities for e-tutors, according to ARNOS’ Vision, can range from a single workshop to a semester-long academic course, to services offered by a medley of different professional development providers and varying widely with respect to the philosophy, content, and format of the learning experiences. Some examples of approaches to professional development include:
- Consultation – to assist an individual or group of individuals to clarify and address immediate concerns by following a systematic problem-solving process.
- Coaching – to enhance a person’s competencies in a specific skill area by providing a process of observation, reflection, and action.
- Communities of Practice – to improve professional practice by engaging in shared inquiry and learning with people who have a common goal.
- Lesson Study – to solve practical dilemmas related to intervention or instruction through participation with other professionals in systematically examining practice.
- Mentoring – to promote an individual’s awareness and refinement of his or her own professional development by providing and recommending structured opportunities for reflection and observation.
Teaching online can differ a lot from face-to-face teaching, and it is useful to consider the role of the e-tutor in an online, e-learning context. The demands of online learning may also affect the way in which both teachers and learners perceive the teaching and learning process, and the roles and identities of the participants within it. So, Online Education Teachers’ Department and its Administration Faculty, came in touch with exceptional companies and educational institutes, during the days of the OEB Exhibition, that made a vital contribution to Arnos’ setting the following fundamental axes straight to the development of the personalised e-tutor’s role:
- Content Creation
Online learning raises important and interconnected issue for students, course developers, lecturers and senior managers. Whether e-learning strategies focus on development or delivery of online learning, the enhancement of staff capabilities in e-tutoring is a fundamental factor in whether e-learning is effective. Development of content, interactions with students and response to learners’ needs online can be very different than in classroom-based teaching.
Through its collaboration with Cypher Learning and the integration of NEO LMS to its educational services’ basis, ARNOS aims to acquaints each educator with all the modern e-learning authoring tools, so as to create fine artistic interactive lesson plans, fully equipped with analytic theory and mind-activating methodology, learning applications and assessment tools.
- Live Streaming – Broadcasting
It is commonly said that “Knowledge is Power“. But… what good is in power, if you don’t use it and giving it freely to everyone without limitations or exceptions? Everyone has the right to enjoy and become part of delighting teaching courses, through live broadcast shows, where both educators and learners should have the opportunity to express and share their thoughts. What would be more inspiring for each teacher, than a recording system that would allow him to create attractive and triggering-out-dialogue educational shows… capable to upgrade the interaction and ICT knowledge of both e-tutors and learners?
“Entertain a thought, not just accepting it“, was the concluding thought of ARNOS’ Administration and Creative Team, about the concept, after its executives’ communication with certain exhibitors of OEB.
- Digital Exams & International Certifications for E-Tutors
All of teachers and educators in general can always become better and as the famous poet William Butler Yeates said: “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire“. As discussed earlier, online tutoring and leadership has been widely considered as a crucial factor in the success of computer-mediated collaborative learning activities. Different and alternative names have been used in the literature referring to the role of the tutor in on-line interaction, such as coach, leader, tutor, moderator, facilitator, motivator, mentor, mediator and even production coordinator.
Some of the tasks of an e-tutor will include:
- Champion online learning
- Provide pre-course guidance to online learners
- Develop an online relationship with the learner
- Initiate activities that will facilitate and support online learning
- Continually evaluate progress of learner – assess learners support
- Fine ability in use the communication technology – email, discussion boards etc.
Through e-tutors’ role moderation, we aim to form a fine-structured curriculum, which embraces the assets of the Internet into the teaching learning process. In almost all educational fields, methods and tools of e-learning have become widespread in all European countries in the last two decades. “Learn online before, during, and after“: this is the coming action of ARNOS in the frame of training continuously all tutors with online education industry’s best overall learning experience and provide them with an international certification. Our coming project defines a comprehensive quality standard for the further education of teachers and trainers to becoming “e-tutors” and introduces a certification procedure which supports the validation and recognition of e-learning qualifications in a transparent way at international level.
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¨Do not forget that our thoughts are the ones to create boundaries… and that boundaries are captured from our inaction“.
Krokos P. Yannis: Mathematician – Civil Engineer
Tsilivis K. Vasilis: Mathematician