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Online Tutor Profile

 
Introduction

This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as an Online Tutor. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as an Online Tutor
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Online Tutor Work Information


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Working Duties Expected

Online tutors or e-tutors guide students through an internet learning experience. They support and enable learners to achieve their goals by identifying and facilitating their individual learning styles. Their primary role is to develop a rapport with a tutorial group and add a human touch to the process of learning. They may encourage discussions, explore ideas and review other's contributions in light of their subject knowledge.

Online tutors interact with their tutorial group through:

  • email
  • virtual classrooms (ie a class conducted through web technology)
  • discussion forums and chat rooms
  • text and web pages
  • audio and video conferencing.


They sometimes arrange and host discussions in real time (synchronous) or on other occasions deal with enquires in a regular but asynchronous (not in real time) way. Online tutors need to manage and prioritise their workload effectively, as they are likely to have an ever-full email inbox.

Tutors enter into individual dialogues with their students and try to build their confidence and develop their understanding of the material. They may also set assignments and assess learner's performance. Their key aim is to facilitate learning, and encourage learners to be well-motivated and independent in their learning.

Tutors potentially work in a wide variety of contexts. They can work in government organisations, corporate training, adult community education or in higher education. They could offer administrative and technical support, advice and guidance, knowledge of a subject specialism, learner assessments and some may even design their own course materials.

Hours and Environment

Online tutors may work on flexible, part-time assignments. An assignment would involve working with a group of learners for the duration of the course. This typically involves some hours of daily commitment. Tutors are usually independent and manage their workload to suit their own schedule. They may have to be available for some pre-arranged times each day for synchronous events .

Online tutors may work evenings and weekends often at their own convenience.

Online tutors can work in any environment they choose to as long as they have access to an internet connection, preferably broadband. Many will work at a desk from home. Some online tutors are directly employed by organisations to tutor online alongside other work.

Skills and Interests

To be an online tutor you should:

  • be enthusiastic, inspiring and able to motivate others
  • have a keen interest and wide experience in a relevant subject matter
  • be able to communicate clearly and tactfully using internet technologies
  • be patient and supportive of learners
  • be persistent in focusing learners
  • be assertive and take the initiative
  • be fully IT literate and a proficient user of internet technologies
  • have good organisational skills
  • have an interest in new technological developments
  • have a professional manner.


Entry

You may or may not be required to hold a tutor or e-learning qualification, so it is useful to check with prospective employers for their exact requirements - they can vary considerably. Many online tutors come from a background in facilitating learning in adult education. Some employers require a combination of subject knowledge; teaching, training or tutoring experience; and good IT skills.

Online tutors need a good understanding of their specialist subject usually to degree level or a lower qualification with some years of experience. The typical minimum requirement for a tutor is to have a qualification one level above the level of the course they tutor (eg an A level to teach GCSE). For vocational courses a number of years of experience in relevant employment is acceptable.

Most online tutors come from an administrative, training or teaching background often with experience of facilitating adult learners and may hold a relevant training or teaching qualification such as Certificate or Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), a City and Guilds further education teaching qualification or NVQ 3,4 or 5 in Learning and Development).

Some online tutors hold the (CeLP) Certified e-Learning Professional Programme Certification in e-Tutoring or e-Training and some also hold the TAP certificate (Trainer Assessment Programme) qualifications. Both are available from the Training Foundation. See contacts below.

Training

Some e-learning providers will offer in-house training to prospective tutors that have experience of traditional teaching or training. There are also a number of professional qualifications open to tutors who want to develop their careers, which include:

Role Specific e-Learning Certificates

Certificate in e-Learning Tutoring Skills from the Training Foundation
Certificate in e-Learning Training Skills from the Training Foundation.
Generic e-Learning Certificates

LeTTOL (Learning to Teach online) or Net-Trainers qualification
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Certificate or Advanced Certificate in Online Learning
Joint Examination Board Level 3 Certificate in the Educational Use of the Internet
MSc in online or distance learning.
There are also further role specific programmes available under CeLP, a number of short courses and continued professional development courses available on managing an e-learning project, instructional design, understanding virtual classroom technology and developing online materials.
The Institute of IT Training has developed a code of practice for e-tutors called the e-learners charter. It is a prerequisite for membership of the Institute, for further details see their website.

Opportunities

Online tutors can develop into e-learning professionals running their own e-learning projects. They may also become self-employed.

Online tutors may move into other areas of online educational delivery, for example course development, management or consultancy.

Annual Income

Figures are intended as a guideline only.
Average pay for an online tutor is around £18 per tutor hour.

Depending on the learning provider and the skills offered by the tutor, pay rates vary from £8 through to £30.

Tutors may be paid a fixed fee per tutor group per hour or a fixed fee per learner support hour which would depend on course uptake.

Further information

Certified e-Learning Professional Programme
The Training Foundation
Foundation House
University of Warwick Science Park
Millburn Hill Road
Coventry
CV4 7EZ
Tel: 024 7641 1288
www.elearningprofessional.com

The Training Foundation e-Learning and Classroom programmes
www.trainingfoundation.com

LeTTOL
Online Learning
The Sheffield College
PO Box 345
Sheffield
S2 2YY
Tel: 0114 260 3637
www.sheffcol.ac.uk/lettol

Net-Trainers
Online Learning
The Sheffield College
PO Box 345
Sheffield
S2 2YY
Tel: 0114 260 3637
www.nettrainers.org

Joint Examining Board (JEB)
30A Dyer Street
Cirencester
Gloucestershire
GL7 2PF
Tel: 01285 641747
www.jeb.co.uk

Other Useful Online Tutor Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Online Tutor job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

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Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Norfolk, North London, North Midlands, Northampton, Northamptonshire, Northern Ireland, Northumberland, Norwich, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Plymouth, Salisbury, Scotland, Sheffield, Shropshire, Somerset, South East, South London, South Midlands, Southampton, Staffordshire Surrey, Swansea, Swindon, Telford, Wales, Warwickshire, West End, West London, West Midlands, Worcestershire, York and throughout Yorkshire.

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