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Level 3 Distance Learning Tutoring Diploma

Introduction

Oxford College is pleased to offer the level 3 Diploma in Distance Learning Tutoring. This Level 3 course is delivered through ten modules and is suitable for those who wish to enter distance learning as tutors and learner supporters. There is an assumed basic knowledge of education delivery and specialist subject knowledge.

Traditional Learning usually takes place face to face and in a controlled environment such as a classroom. Distance Learning however is a teaching and learning using a variety of techniques and is designed to be carried out remotely by using various media other than face to face.

Distance learning techniques are typically less expensive to support and are not limited by geographical considerations, therefore it can provide opportunities to learners and potential learners who do not have access to the full range of traditional education facilities. For a student living in the Australian outback for example, the nearest school may be many miles away. Through Distance Learning this learner can have access to good quality education at home. Likewise, specialist courses such as Classics may not be available in even urban areas. Distance Learning enables those who want to study subjects that are not available locally, to study these subjects.

With the advantages of the Internet, Distance Learning is increasingly becoming a vehicle for education delivery. This course seeks to highlight the technical advances and their role in Distance Learning and provide explicit guidance on their use within this specialised learning environment.

Each module is followed by activities which you are encouraged to complete, together with keeping a reflective journal as part of the course. This journal can be used towards continued professional development.

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Level 3 Distance Learning Tutoring Diploma Entry Requirements

All students must be 16 years of age and above to enrol into our Level 3 Distance Learning Tutoring Diploma.

Level 3 Diploma courses require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order that students can manage their studies and the assumed knowledge within course content.

Study Hours

Approximately 20 hours per unit.

Assessment

Optional coursework and final examination.

Enrolment

Please note that you can enrol on this course at anytime.

Course Length

1 Year.

Awarding Body

ABC Awards

 Level 3 Distance Learning Tutoring Diploma The 10 modules of this course are:

  • Module One – Introduction to Distance Learning.
  • Module Two – Education, Theory and Practice.
  • Module Three – Supporting students.
  • Module Four – Media used in distance learning.
  • Module Five – Skills development and Marking and feedback in detail.
  • Module Six – Access and differentiation issues in distance learning.
  • Module Seven – Structures and quality in distance learning.
  • Module Eight – Getting into distance learning as a tutor.
  • Module Nine – Keeping track.
  • Module Ten – Expanding your role.

Level 3 Distance Learning Tutoring Diploma Module 1: Introduction to Distance Learning

In the first module we explore the history of distance learning and how it continues to evolve today. We will discuss definitions of distance learning and the concepts and models which have been used to theorise the approaches, requirements and methods of delivery used in distance learning.

Level 3 Distance Learning Tutoring Diploma Module 2: Education, Theory and Practice

In the second module of this course we will examine theories and legislation, for example those that refer to lifelong learning, quality assurance and professional practices of course delivery that distance learning tutors will need to understand and apply in their work. In this module we will also examine relevant theories of education, and discuss how they apply to distance learning. The course material will also present you with various models of learning and how these need to be adapted to suit distance learning, paying particular attention to issues of differentiation and skills development.

Level 3 Distance Learning Tutoring Diploma Module 3: Supporting students

In the third module of the course we build from the content of module 2 and explore learner requirements and categorization of learning skills. Questions that we will consider in this unit include:

  • How do we learn?
  • What do students expect from distance learning?
  • How do we bridge the gap between traditional learning environments and the virtual learning environment?
  • What is the common ground and how can we use this to the students’ advantage?

In this module we will also cover areas such as proactive support, blended learning and helping student to overcome real issues in distance learning such as activity scheduling, isolation and motivation, which are often a major concern for those new to distance learning. We also look at other problems of supporting students such as time and funding inputs, boundaries and responsibilities.

Level 3 Distance Learning Tutoring Diploma Module 4: Media used in distance learning

In the fourth module of the course we will explore some of media commonly used in distance learning. We will consider ways in which tutors need to be equipped to use a variety of mixed media, including the following;

  • Correspondence tuition
  • E-mail tuition
  • Face to face supplementation
  • Telephone tuition
  • WIKIs
  • Podcasts

Level 3 Distance Learning Tutoring Diploma Module 5: Skills development and Marking and feedback in detail

This fifth module looks at how the distance learning learner can continue to develop their learning skills and how these can be appropriately assessed and supported within the distance learning environment. We will consider the ways in which tutors can facilitate positive experiences for their students and help students to work towards achieving positive outcomes. Through feedback and consideration from the learner the tutor can use student experiences in order to develop their own skills.

As tutors the feedback we give to learners is critical to their learning experience and therefore we explore in this module how to convey positive and constructive feedback. We will also discuss how distance learning tutors can help students to improve their skills and maintain motivation in the distance learning environment. In this module you will draw on your journal to help build up personal marking strategies and guidelines which will help you in both time management and consistency (further explored in module 9).

Level 3 Distance Learning Tutoring Diploma Module 6: Access and differentiation issues in distance learning

All learners are different and distance learning allows learners of all ages and all areas of life to study. In this sixth module we examine access and availability to distance learning courses, student entry points and how tutors manage these varied parameters. In addition we discuss the limitations of distance learning support, together with student responsibilities and expectations of their learning experience.

Distance learning students often ‘go missing’ or ‘silent’. Tutors are not always party to personal information regarding the individual circumstances that students have when this occurs. Therefore in this module we will also examine how tutors can help to retain students, and provide strategies designed to improve student retention and the theories which underpin these strategies.

Level 3 Distance Learning Tutoring Diploma Module 7: Structures and quality in distance learning

In the seventh module of the course we examine various key aspects in delivery of positive and successful distance learning courses. The module will discuss the following:

  • Organizational.
  • Appraisal and assessment.
  • Standards.
  • Continued professional development.
  • Quality, experience and reflexivity.
  • Professional bodies and ethics.
  • CRB checks and relevance of tutoring the under 18’s.

Level 3 Distance Learning Tutoring Diploma Module 8: Getting into distance learning as a tutor

In this eigth module of the course we will cover the normal requirements and experience necessary in a variety of posts such as GCSE, A level, Diploma and Degree. The module will also cover the following fundamental processes:

  • CV writing and how to express your experience in a positive way.
  • Looking at expectations.
  • How to assess your own experience and address shortfalls.
  • Look at professional and practical knowledge.

Level 3 Distance Learning Tutoring Diploma Module 9: Keeping track

In the penultimate module of the course we will explore strategies we can use to keep track of learning progress as well as your own resources. With multiple courses and awards, and students beginning the course at different times, and working at different pace, keeping track of student progress and key dates can be overwhelming. We will discuss issues related to these factors in depth and provide some frameworks which will help to organise and record appropriately and efficiently.

We will also cover the following:

  • Issues of contact.
  • Boundaries of your position.
  • Responsibilities.
  • Getting information as a distance learning tutor.
  • Helpful resources and websites.

Over the years the distance learning tutor will amass a huge amount of documentation, course materials and books, particularly if they tutor several awards or courses. This module looks at how you can minimise and handle this ‘stuff’.

Level 3 Distance Learning Tutoring Diploma Module 10: Expanding your role

In the final module of the course we will explore further roles for the distance learning tutor. Once you have some experience of distance learning tutoring you may wish to branch out into course writing or become an examiner. This module looks at some of the ways you can diversify and also discusses what is needed in order to fulfil the different roles:

  • Becoming an examiner or marker
  • Becoming a moderator
  • Course writing
  • Proof reading
  • Branching out into NVQ assessing or work-based assessing
  • Special needs
  • One to one tutoring

The course is designed to be informative, enjoyable and motivating. Once you have completed the course and been successful in the online examination, you will have a sound grounding and underpinning knowledge of what is required by the distance learning tutor in their role and be equipped to expand your knowledge and acquire practical experience.

Progression

This Level 3 Distance Learning Tutoring Diploma course can be used to gain entry to a Level 4 Diploma or higher.

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