This was our last weekend at the British Council E-Tutor course. It was a very intense, enriching and also demanding experience and I can honestly say that I get to the end of it a bit more mature and aware of how unique an online teaching/learning experience can be.
As I said in my reflections there, people come to online courses with different expectations, needs and technical skills and it’s crucial for an e-tutor to adopt a calm, balanced and supportive attitude towards to all learners. E-tutors also have to develop special skills, such as the ability of making questions in order to promote dialogue and knowledge building. Sumarising conferences and designing e-tivities were things that were absolutely new for me and which I particularly enjoyed.
This course was my first online experince as an e-learner and I realised that actually the teaching/learning process has a far greater potential to be much more horizontal and democratic in an online environment than in a more traditional setting. Knowledge is built up collectively, indeed.
These were incredible weeks and I’d like to thank all our tutors – Alison, Caroline, Sara and Bella – and all my e-mates with whom I have learnt so much!