From fearful to favoured - a tutor's perspective on online delivery
As a tutor used to delivering face to face and in person, I was initially hesitant and reticent to become involved with online teaching in September 2018, and I was not keen. I was happy to only be a face-to-face tutor. However, circumstances provided me with the opportunity to deliver live online, and I wasn’t going to let my IT limitations stop me from developing personally and professionally.
As tutors, we are continually learning and facing challenges too, so I accepted the challenge and forced myself to overcome my fears. Then, of course in the spring of 2020 I had to fully embrace working live online, which only served to embed my newly learned skills. After 18 months of only working online I now realise the benefits live online working brings for easy interaction and communication with students and colleagues, for teaching, tutorials, and meetings, all being in our own homes. I find that more support is possible with brief catch-ups and guidance and with the ability of sharing and talking through documents, webpages, and module materials. I find that I now prefer it in many ways to face-to-face teaching as I don’t have to endure traffic and the added environmental impact that driving brings is lessened, plus the bonus of occasionally seeing and hearing pets and meeting curious children makes for a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. In summary, working live online has reminded me of the personal value of lifelong learning. I also believe that it is a more sustainable complementary, if not alternative, method of working all-round. In fact, I would go so far as to say this is now, in many respects, my favoured method of teaching.