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ERIC Number: ED410596
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Pages: 22
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Lessons Learned While Sharing the Helm: A Supervising Professor's Perspective.
VerLinden, Jay
In the Department of Speech Communication at Humboldt State University, there are two programs (a tutoring program and the Undergraduate Instructional Assistant program) through which undergraduate students help provide instruction to other undergraduate students. Volunteer tutors provide one-on-one assistance to students who need help in their basic speech communication classes or in preparing speeches for other classes. The Undergraduate Instructional Assistant (UIA) program offers students a different experience in aiding the educational process of fellow students. Undergraduate Instructional Assistants (UIAs) help teach a class (or more than one) with a supervising professor. Requirements of UIAs vary by supervising professors. Lessons learned about the tutoring program are (1) tutors are valuable; (2) publicity is vital; (3) tutors should be screened; (4) flexibility is important; (5) tutors must be realistic; (6) opportunities for "tutor development" should be provided; and (7) repetition of the experience is a good thing. Some lessons learned about the UIAs are: UIAs add to the class; teaching with a UIA is more work than teaching alone; instructors should be ready for the UIA to say things that are not quite correct; good people are needed; it should be made clear who is in charge; the UIA should take some responsibility; he or she should be trained; and guidance appropriate to the student should be provided. (Contains 4 references. Appendixes contain tutoring requirements; a 13-item list of tutoring readings; university policy on UIAs; and an explanation of UIA expectations.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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