Even before the dust settles on another academic year, we’re gearing up for next year’s work, which means another ad for yet more high-quality part-time work for postgrads – this is our annual call for new Manchester Leadership Programme e-Tutors. The closing date is 13th July, with interview dates set for 23rd or 24th July.
Full details are on our MLP e-Tutor pages but here are a few further insights :
Who can apply to be an e-Tutor?
- In general, you have to be a postgraduate student of the University of Manchester for the duration of the course which you want to tutor. This is because we’ve had administrative problems with on-line access to Blackboard (which is critical for the role) for e-Tutors who are no longer students or employees of the University. This means that most full time Masters students wouldn’t be able to apply, but if you’re doing a part-time Masters over a longer time period (and you could fit it in around your course and exam commitments) it might be a possibility.
- What if you’re a member of university staff? Although we haven’t yet had staff members who’ve also been e-tutors (other than those of us who do it as part of our normal job), if you can come to an arrangement with your employing school/division, we’re happy to consider this. Any solution isn’t likely to be lucrative (we pay the standard GTA rate, and of course, you can’t get paid for the same hours twice!) so you’re more likely to find it acceptable if it’s the course itself which attracts you.
- What if I’m not based in Manchester? Although most of the interaction with the students is through on-line discussions on Blackboard, for the lecture based courses, you will also need to run a couple of face to face tutorials, and, very importantly, attend the weekly lectures along with the students. For all the courses (including the 20 credit research based programme and the unit which is carried out completely on-line), you will need to attend initial and assessment training sessions with the other e-Tutors at set times in the year. You may be able to fit this in around, for example, field work, but it is unlikely to suit someone who is permanently based elsewhere.
What if I’m not an expert in leadership or sustainability?
- The courses are so wide ranging that we don’t expect you to be an expert. However, it’s really helpful if you have already demonstrated your interest in volunteering and/or environmental, social or economic sustainability (could be an academic interest, or extra curricular – or both). The role is more about facilitiation and encouraging students to engage with the subject matter, than being an expert in all subjects covered. That said, you’ll need to engage with the subject matter yourself each week, so even if you’re not an expert, you’ll need to pick things up pretty quickly!
What if I haven’t tutored undergrads before?
- This is a bit more difficult. The tutoring and, particularly, the assessment aspect of the role are pretty challenging. Ideally, we’re looking for people who have already got experience of the basics of teaching at undergraduate level, and are now ready to take it to the next level. Having said that, we have taken tutors with alternative teaching or coaching experience (from the voluntary sector or other educational settings) – but you’ll need to convince us you can deal with criterion based assessment grids and the challenges of fair marking in a subject where there are no clear cut right and wrong answers.
What if I’m an international postgrad?
- You’ll need an excellent command of written English as most of the role involves clear on-line (written) communication to students from all nationalities (and disciplines) – but our cohort of successful e-Tutors has included postgrads from Finland, Italy, India, Canada and even the occasional Brit thrown in to keep our diversity stats looking good.
Any further questions, drop me a comment and I’m happy to answer here.