ERIC Number: ED252875
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Training Peer Tutors Using Video.
As part of its peer tutor training program, the writing/reading center at a Massachusetts University conducts a videotape production workshop in which experienced tutors plan, write, and act in a video script used for training new tutors. To proceed with such a program requires no professional skills or special talents, but a television studio must be available, and the program director should have a sense of audience, organization, and time management. The capabilities of the filming facilities as well as the size of the group in the program should be assessed and a schedule determined. Participants in the film can write their own parts so that they can develop their own roles. The script should be written collaboratively and should be complete and well-planned. Time should be allowed for two or three rehearsals so that the group can make minor changes and get a feel for the script. Some artwork and music may also be necessary for the tape. The production should be kept as simple as possible. Among the problems the director and group should be aware of are that (1) it may take longer than expected to put together a 15- to 20-minute film, (2) personality conflicts may arise among participants, (3) scheduling may be difficult when working with students, and (4) the tutors may also become dissatisfied and discouraged as work progresses. However, the benefits of such a program make the time and energy expended worth the effort. The tutors become more aware of how they come across to students, and consequently strive to improve the quality of their tutoring. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (35th, New York City, NY, March 29-31, 1984).