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eTutor – Training of Trainers

This training course is a typical example for a «Blended Learning». 10 online-lessons will lift the participants to a common level; interactive exercises help the trainers to gain experience in conducting an e-Learning course.

After the online phase, the most committed participants are invited to a face-2-face training which will them make familiar with their tasks and the duties of an organization which will implement an e-Learning [see column on the right for some standard procedures – examples from ToT courses in the past].

Trainings are on invitation and for experienced trainers only.

Cooperative Learning Approach

The concept of this training course is that the participants will be acting in two different roles: on one hand as a student who learns about the basic activities of e-learning; on the other hand as a trainer who helps participants by answering their questions and by moderation online tools and the group discussion. Participants change between these two roles in the course of this online training. The courses objective is therefore to enable trainers to work as a online tutor and to provide him/her with as many experiences as possible.

Language, Target group & Certificates

The online course is currently available in English only, while the face-to-face phase is in any needed language. Right now, these trainings are provided in German, English and French.

The e-tutors should be familiar with moderation and facilitation of trainings and workshops in general. It is also strongly expected that the trainers know how to access the internet and how to overcome simple net-connection problems on his/her own. Trainers might consider it helpful to participate in another existing e-Learning course as a participant before taking part here.

Successful participants receive an electronic certificate which entitles to work as an e-tutor.

The course consists of total 10 eLearning lessons as a preparation and to ensure that all participants have similar knowledges. Following is a classroom-based training to go into further details and for practical rehearsals. The content of the face-to-face training depends on the identified knowledge needs and on the courses, the trainers are supposed to implement afterwards.

The Table of Content (Online-Part of the ToT for eTutors) is available here:

  • Lesson 1: Introduction
    [This first lesson defines the roles in the course. How are the interactive tools provided in this course room used? What is expected from the participants of this training? At the end of this lesson, everybody should have established his/her personal working plan.]
  • Lesson 2: The eLearning Approach
    [This lesson gives a short overview of the courses offered by Margraf Publishers, their structure, target audience and the content.]
  • Lesson 3: Introduction to eLearning
    [What is eLearning all about? What are the differences compared with traditional trainings? Because learning via the web has it‘s own constraints and rules, not every content or subject can effectively been taught via eLearning, so it is important to decide at the very beginning whether the learning content is suitable for this content. The process of creating and implementing an eLearning course requires team members with specialised skills, which the lesson will describe briefly.]
  • Lesson 4: Learning Management Systems (LMS)
    [A LMS brings together the learning material and offers communication and collaboration tools (like the chat, pin-boards, discussion-forum etc.). It is used to administer participants data and access, keeps record of the individual learning progress and informs participants and tutors of this progress. It registers the outcomes of discussions, group-works and online tests. The lesson shows how tutors can use a LMS to guide participants through an eLearning course.]
  • Lesson 5: Interactivity & Collaboration
    [There are numerous interactive communication tools in today‘s web. The direct communication and collaboration between course participants, tutors and external experts provides a dramatic boost for the development and the effectiveness of e-Learnings. What are these tools? How to use them? ]
  • Lesson 6: Organizational Duties
    [eLearning courses have often not a very homogeneous group of participants. Not only that the attendees are coming from various regional or organisational contexts, also the technical and subject related pre-requisites and the familiarity with online learning may differ widely. All this makes it essential that a certain set of organisational tasks has to be performed before, during and after a course. The present lesson provides a list of all necessary organisational tasks and also shows some practical examples.]
  • Lesson 7: Moderation & Motivation
    [One main duty of an eTutor is to recognize immediately when a participant looses connection of course progress and to take pro-actively measures trying to detect what the problem is. This means that a tutor has to keep records of the participant's activities. The lesson shows how the «PTS (Participants Tracking Sheet)» is the base for a successful training, a correct grading and adequate certifications for the participants.]
  • Lesson 8: Course Administration
    [There are some administrational tasks, a tutor should be able to perform. Those tasks may consist of the change of user names or passwords of participants and the handling of messages and contributions made to one of the communication pads in the course room. These tasks mainly require the access to the «Backend» of the server; the lesson shows how this can be done.]
  • Lesson 9: Quality Aspects
    [Technical aspects of e-learning have been the dominating criteria for a long time. But e-Learning courses require special design measures to present the content adequate to the medium. How to measure them? What makes an eLearning interesting? What are international standards for the design of courses? The most widely known is the «Sharable Content Object Reference Model» (SCORM).]
  • Lesson 10: Outlook
    [This last lesson deals with the time line and with the content of the next courses as well as with questions of organization and contracts]