By Chrissine Rios, MA, Kaplan University Writing Center
A tutor’s work is highly collaborative. Tutors collaborate with students by nature, but tutors also collaborate with one another, with academic center specialists, and with faculty to develop and deliver workshops and to create and curate resources: the print and multimedia tutorials available on the university website and via the classroom portal. Academic support resources benefit students in ways that are at once personal and far-reaching, immediate and long-lasting, and that are germane to learning—how students learn and what they need to be able to learn.
Research shows, for instance, that interactive video resources are especially beneficial for students with “deficient prerequisite knowledge, . . . non-standard learning paths, and multiple entry points into a degree” as these students will commonly need to learn how to read a data sheet, for example, before being able to use one (Nikolic, 2015, p. 1). Study skills videos specific to online learning are particularly essential to adult, online students.
At the Kaplan University Writing Center, online students new to academic writing have available a variety of media-rich resources designed for new and developing writers. However, like most discipline-based tutoring centers, Writing Center resources are contextualized in writing situations.
To meet the need for resources in study skills and student engagement, the tutors of all five centers at the Kaplan Academic Support Center did what they do best: collaborate. In collaboration with the KU School of General Education too, the ASC has produced a new category of video resources that target diverse entry-level competencies such as time management, computer system requirements, college reading strategies, APA formatting basics, and test-taking tips. The videos are short, interactive, and meant to help students accomplish day-to-day tasks as well as long term goals. Faculty and tutors can also rely on immediate access to these pertinent resources when assisting students.
You can access the first wave of the new Academic Support Videos on our public-facing Writing Center page: http://library.kaplan.edu/kuwc. Please share this page and/or any of the individual video links with your students and colleagues, and keep coming back. As our cross-center collaborations continue, we’ve expanded the boundaries and reach of our academic support resources, so there’s more to come!
Nikolic, S. (2015). Understanding how students use and appreciate online resources in the teaching laboratory. International Journal of Online Engineering, 11 (4), 8-13. http://dx.doi.org/10.3991/ijoe.v11i4.4562