eStudent Services to present at national tutoring and learning assistance conference

Apr 22, 2016

Columbus, Ohio – Representatives from eStudent Services will attend the Association of Colleges for Tutoring and Learning Assistance’s (ACTLA) 42nd annual convention April 20-23.

Karen Boyd, assistant director of the eTutoring Collaborative, and Mitch Wilson, program coordinator, have been invited to present their perspectives on the success of the Ohio eTutoring Collaborative. eStudent Services is a member-organization of the Ohio Technology Consortium, the technology and information division of the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE).

“Meeting new colleagues at these types of conferences always helps to energize me,” Boyd said. “I learn about new opportunities and welcome new professionals into my work circle.”

Boyd and Wilson will present “Chronicles of Ohio’s eTutoring Collaborative and Steps to Start Your State’s Collective.” The presentation, based on Ohio’s eTutoring model, will discuss how with eTutoring, colleges can allow learning centers in higher education to meet the growing demand for tutors while directing students to electronic tutoring that offers independence and convenience. The presentation also will delve into how eTutoring extends beyond traditional daytime hours, allowing all students the opportunity to receive academic support.

“The opportunity to showcase our collaborative at the national level and grow our brand is invaluable,” Wilson said. “I hope we can inspire others to improve their programs.”

More than 35 schools across the state participate in the Collaborative. The Ohio group is completing its sixth academic year and garnered four national awards for excellence in on-line tutoring. This free platform is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to all 107 public and private institutions in Ohio. It is open to all students in participating member schools. Funding for this program comes from ODHE.

The Ohio eTutoring Collaborative’s mission is to serve the academic support needs of Ohio’s students at all Ohio universities and colleges and their related programs. The Collaborative is committed to providing electronically delivered support in a student-centric environment that prepares students for personal success and responsible citizenship.

Practitioners from across the United States convene at ACTLA to share best practices and introduce new approaches to supporting students at the post secondary level.

More than 30 years after its inception ACTLA is now a national organization but retains its original purpose: improving tutorial programs and related services. ACTLA is pleased to be a new member of the Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Associations (CLADEA).

A division of the Ohio Technology Consortium, eStudent Services brings 21st-century technology into the classrooms and homes of Ohioans, providing access to knowledge without the barriers of distance and time. We help develop, promote and deploy innovative online support services for all students, including those who take online, blended and face-to-face courses. Distance-learning tools contribute to factors of completion, persistence and retention for students striving toward their educational objectives. At the same time, our tools also contribute to Ohio’s goal of graduating more college- educated citizens.

eStudent Services builds upon the foundation established earlier by the Ohio Learning Network (OLN). A consortium of 55 Ohio public and private colleges, OLN was created in 1999 to expand access to learning opportunities. Its mission focused on enhancing the capacity and effectiveness of colleges and universities to employ technology in instruction and research. In 2012, OLN was restructured and enhanced with added resources to create eStudent Services. Currently, eStudent Services is implemented through its eTutoring program and the OhioLearns catalog.

  • eTutoring provides Ohio college students with virtual academic tutoring options.
  • OhioLearns maintains a searchable catalog of Ohio higher education distance-learning courses, degrees and programs.