The Learning Commons invites all students to connect with peer tutors, writing assistants, and speech and presentation consultants as an effective learning strategy for greater success in their college courses. Working with our tutors also makes your online learning experience at UP more social. This summer, we offer students the following online tutoring programs in Microsoft Teams:
- Math Resource Center: Simply send an email to email@example.com to request a math tutoring appointment.Provide two or three good days and times to meet.
- Writing Center: We have five writing assistants ready to support UP students during the summer term. Students can send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include two to three good days and times to meet.
- Language Studio: Students can access language tutor hotlines at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Natural Sciences Center: Students can request biology, chemistry, and physics tutoring appointments at email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
- Speech & Presentation Lab: Students can improve online presentation skills by requesting an appointment at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students can find strategies for learning online at the college level by clicking here.
The Learning Commons’ virtual tutoring takes place on the Microsoft Teams platform which is available through the University’s Office 365 MyApps at this link.
To support the success of their virtual tutoring appointments student can take the following steps:
- Use a laptop or tablet with a camera and microphone.
- Become familiar with the Office 365 MyApps and search for the Teams app. Go to an introductory video on joining a meeting in Teams at this link.
- If possible, download the Microsoft Teams app on their device.
- Schedule appointments 48 hours in advance, if possible.
All questions regarding the Learning Commons’ virtual tutoring program can be directed to Jeffrey White, Learning Commons, at email@example.com.
The Learning Commons will operate on a reduced schedule during finals week. Content tutors and the Writing Center’s writing assistants will be available by appointment only on a limited basis. Writing and math tutor schedules are on WCONLINE at https://up.mywconline.net. Tutors in the Natural Sciences Center, Language Studio, Group Work Lab, and Speech and Presentation Lab, as well as our nursing and business tutors, will offer limited tutoring through our email hotlines posted on the Learning Commons website at www.up.edu/learningcommons.
The Learning Commons recently certified 16 tutors at Level 1. The following tutors have completed the Learning Commons’ nationally recognized tutor training and at least 25 hours of active tutoring time:
- Mikey Antkiewicz (Math)
- Valerie Chen (Nursing)
- Riley Dehmer (Math)
- Bao Huynh (Biology, Chemistry, and German)
- Kaylin Ingalls (Math)
- Hanna Leonard (Nursing)
- Ashley Lincoln (Nursing)
- Megan McClarnon (Statistics)
- Paul Meister (Math)
- Julianna Oliphant (Nursing)
- Princess Palicte (Nursing)
- Annie Smith (Finite Math)
- Clare Spinner (Math)
- Anna Tinoco (Math)
- Victor Tu (Math)
- Ali Venneberg (Statistics)
These students are also among fifty-five tutors and writing assistants who trained in March to shift all Learning Commons tutoring and Writing Center support online in Microsoft Teams. The Learning Commons trains all its content area tutors; the Level 1 training is certified by the College Reading and Learning Association’s International Tutor Training Program Certification. Multiple research studies conclude that tutor training and program assessment are essential for high-quality tutoring programs and positive student outcomes.
For more information about the Learning Commons tutor training program, contact Jeffrey White at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Learning Commons is now running all programs online, and student usage is up from the first week of online instruction, according to director Jeffrey White. By encouraging your students to connect with a peer tutor, you might help them to connect more deeply to learning and studying online while engaging socially with our peer tutors. Use this link to find out more.
When students come to the Learning Commons for content tutoring, they often could use more work on how to study in general as well as the content area. How one approaches studying in one discipline varies from other disciplines, and how one approaches studying often impacts the grade earned by a student. The Learning Commons is launching a new pilot program to support students’ metacognitive approaches to studying. You can learn more about the program at this link.
Just in time to start thinking about your spring course planning, Jeffrey White, Learning Commons, offers 7 minutes of advice answering the question“What Course Design Principles Enhance Student Learning?” in this IGNITE-funded video.
The Clark Library is hosting a reception for “Down Around the Corner: An Exhibit of Paintings by Mark Ghyselinck, C.S.C.” on Friday, October 25, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Please join us for refreshments while viewing his impressionistic depictions of the beauty around us from as far away as Salzburg to as close as here on campus. Fr. Ghyselinck is the pastoral resident in Shipstad Hall and faculty in the performing and fine arts department. The exhibit will be on display into January.
For more information, contact the Clark Library at x7111 or email@example.com.
As part of its ongoing effort to improve peer tutoring and student performance, the University’s Learning Commons has been developing and improving tutor training, according to Learning Commons director Jeffrey White. The national College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) recently approved the Learning Commons’ application for Stage Two of the International Tutor Training Program Certification (ITTPC) – Level 1. This approval represents the next step in certifying the Learning Commons’ tutor training program and follows an initial one-year certification. To receive approval for certification, the Learning Commons’ application was peer-reviewed by professionals in the field who are selected and trained by the CRLA.
Research indicates that students benefit more from programs with strong tutor training compared to students who utilize programs with untrained or minimally trained tutors. “Our work with tutors helps to develop them as facilitators of active and self-regulated learning,” said White. All tutors in the Learning Commons receive at least 11 hours of training that is standards-based, outcomes-oriented, and assessment-driven. “The rationale for training is strong. Programs that don’t train, observe, and assess their tutors tend to devolve into homework help that tends to encourage the illusion of learning among students,” added White.
The ITTPC Stage Two certification will last for three years, during which Learning Commons staff will continuously assess and improve the training in preparation for Stage Three and added levels of training.
For more information on the Learning Commons, tutor training, and how the Learning Commons can support students in your program, contact White at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Learning Commons website. The Learning Commons is a program of the Shepard Academic Resource Center.