Reflecting on developing a tutor resource hub

Hannah E S Heath (University of Birmingham)

Monday, April 8, 2024 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

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Session Outline

A spotlight on professional development

Strategizing personal tutoring within the context of large cohorts can be a daunting task. In balancing staff interests and personal styles with standardisation of quality and skills I created an online resource hub for tutors to use as a first port of call for tutorial activities and student support and guidance. Over the three years that it has been used it has been refined and tailored to fit the needs of university policy and local preferences. In this talk I will be speaking to some key reflections on using an online (canvas) hub to support tutors in delivering quality tutorials. I will speak to, i) the benefits of a standardised space, ii) creating a community of practice and drawing on the expertise of tutors, iii) the pitfalls of over complexity, and iv) opportunities for development. The session will provide space for others to share their good practice and to feed into commentary about the place for standardisation within tutorial spaces.

This session addresses the following competencies of the UKAT Professional Framework for Advising and Tutoring
P3 - Commit to students, colleagues, and their institutions through engagement in continuing professional development, scholarly enquiry, and the evaluation of professional practices
P4 - Understand the implications of quality assurance and quality enhancement, and engage in on-going evaluation and development of advising and tutoring practice
R4 - Plan and conduct successful advising and tutoring interactions