Adopting Tutorials: Challenges and Opportunities

On May 24, Mark L, Rochelle T, Nienke vH and Barb B offered a workshop on developing tutorials for lecture courses. The session will be repeated on May 31, 10:00 am – noon, Blu11021.

The goals of the session were to:

  1. Help to spur and develop ideas for learning activities and assessments geared toward the tutorial setting and their alignment with the course learning objectives.
  2. Gain familiarity with TA needs and responsibilities in tutorials and per the TSSU guidelines.
  3. Plan follow up sessions as needed for groups or individuals.

The session was attended by five FHS instructors and generated a productive and positive discussion.  To open the session, participants shared their interests and concerns about tutorials.

Participant interest in tutorials:

Concerns:

Mark, Nienke and Rochelle shared their experiences and strategies using tutorials in a large-lecture classroom setting and offered tips about developing structured tutorial plans, activity design, managing TAs and creating consistency. They focused specifically on a lecture-tutorial model. Other teaching modes such as TBL and “flipped classroom” were mentioned, but not included in the scope of discussion.

They emphasized the importance of planning, rubrics and regular communication to promote consistency. Rochelle has developed a very detailed TA guide, which she is willing to share with other instructors.

The session closed with discussion on:

The workshop will be held again on Friday, May 31 (10:00 am – 12pm), please join us if you have any questions or concerns about tutorials.

Resources:

TBL website

http://www.teambasedlearning.org/

TSSU website

http://www.tssu.ca/resources/