2013 CRLA Mid-South Region Higher Education Summit

On Friday, October 4, 2013 professionals from across the state joined together to share trends in higher education affecting our region. Limited to 25 participants, the 2013 Summit was designed to foster dialogue between tutoring professionals in a more intimate setting. Hosted by the Pirate Tutoring Center at East Carolina University, sessions focused on two primary trends: the integration of technology in tutoring services to increase student access and implementing tutor training sessions that fosters academic community building.

Summit materials and lunch was provided by the College Reading and Learning Association. As Mid-South Region Director, Elizabeth Coghill invited tutoring professionals from across North Carolina. Twenty four professionals attended representing the following institutions: UNC Charlotte, Nash Community College, Beaufort Community College, College of the Albemarle, UNC Pembroke, Methodist University, Barton College, Pfeiffer University, East Carolina University, Guilford College, and Halifax County Community College.

Transforming Tutoring with Tegrity: Challenges and Successes” was presented by ECU Ginny Sconiers, PTC Director Elizabeth Coghill, and Physics Lead Tutor Chris Pelletier. This session focused on the successful establishment of digital tutoring services for twelve high demand courses at East Carolina and encouraged the development of similar services on the participating campuses.

The summit hosted an Academic Technologies Panel with Dr. Jayne Geissler, Dr. Wendy Creasey, Ms. Ginny Sconiers leading a discussion of “how to ”s for tutoring professionals working with technology professionals on their campus.

Donna Davis, PTC Peer Tutor Coordinator and PTC Lead Tutor Alex Simmons presented the session “Navigating the Journey from Certification to Community Building”. This session focused on the CRLA training process at ECU and encouraged participant input on their tutor training programs.

The Summit ended with hands-on demonstrations of the use of IPads, Tegrity lecture capture and ThinkPads showcasing UDL components for PTC tutees. “Changing the Game- Immersing Technology into Daytime Tutoring” was facilitated by PTC Learning Specialist Robin Melendez along with PTC Lead tutors John Suder, Alex Simmons, and Evan Arthur. 

Attendees were encouraged to host similar Summit events in the future. “It is my hope that other institutions in the region will begin to showcase their innovations in tutoring. The vision is to host similar events each year on focused on networking, training and equipping tutoring professionals to integrate new approaches and methods on their campus, “commented Ms. Coghill.

Feedback from Summit Attendees

In response to a participant survey asking “What will you implement on your campus?” summit feedback included:

I would like to find a way to incorporate technology into my SI sessions using OneNote.

I will explore using tablet technology in tutoring sessions.

I would like to incorporate the lecture capture and Microsoft OneNote as well for our DE students and those who can't come to tutoring during the day.

When prompted to provide feedback concerning the overall Summit experience participants noted:

All presenters were knowledgeable. I appreciate willingness to be open to talk about your story of change.

I got great information from the staff at ECU and connected with some great individuals from other institutions.

It was a great Summit. The information presented was very educational and will be useful.

The hospitality and organization were incredible. As a graduate of ECU, I am proud to see the energy that your entire staff puts forth for the students and community. You have an impressive team!

Very interesting how you started with next to nothing to a state of the art PTC.