Using Tutor Ready Learning Plans, tutors can work at their own pace and access material anywhere and anytime as they prepare to work with learners. The Tutor Ready Learning Plans complement freely available online courses that provide more in-depth coverage of the research and instructional practices and award certificates of completion. Tutor Ready presents research-based information in manageable chunks based on tutor questions using text, images, audio and video to illustrate tutoring techniques. Tutor Ready can be part of pre- and in-service training as well as being available at any time that tutors have questions.
Tutor Ready puts tips and techniques into a just-in-time format organized around the four essential components of reading: alphabetics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Within each component, content is presented in a quick index of questions commonly asked by tutors such as, “How can I help my learner perceive the different sounds that make up a word?” Explanations and sample lessons are drawn from a robust body of research, including Teaching Adults to Read and Improving Adult Literacy Instruction. Tutors can jump to an immediately relevant question, or go through the content in a more linear and comprehensive fashion. The tips are enriched by a collection of over 60 video and audio clips of experienced tutors working with adult learners to demonstrate the techniques.
A related webinar, Tutor-Facilitated Digital Literacy in Hard-to-Serve Populations, will take place on Thursday, March 5th at 10am Pacific (that's 1pm Eastern) and will run for one hour (including time for discussion and questions). Portland State University's Literacy, Language and Technology Research group will present preliminary findings from an Institute of Museum and Library Services funded research project, Tutor-Facilitated Digital Literacy in Hard-to-Serve Populations. Presenters will share insights gleaned from conducting and analyzing 100 participant interviews. Attendees will learn about successful learner experiences and key program features. Open discussion to follow the presentation. Register now for Tutor-Facilitated Digital Literacy in Heard-to-Serve Populations!