eCampusAlberta launches new online tutoring service

March 2014

Writing gold-star-worthy papers can be one of the most challenging aspects for post-secondary students — but a new online service is now available to support students. 

Students from nine post-secondary institutions across Alberta will now be able to access eTutor Alberta (www.eTutorAlberta.ca), a new online tutoring service sponsored by eCampusAlberta to provide learners with support for written assignments.

“eTutor Alberta is a collaborative online service that is being supported by the Student Services executives across the member institutions,” said Tricia Donovan, Executive Director, eCampusAlberta. “We’re excited to support our member institutions to provide online tutoring services for learners across Alberta and look forward to expanding the service in the future.”

The service allows students to submit papers online to be reviewed by a tutor from any of the participating institutions. Students also have the opportunity to ask tutors specific questions through the eQuestion feature and feedback will be provided within 24-48 hours.

“eCampusAlberta is responsible for the vision and foresight that brought eTutor Alberta to life,” said Stefanie Ivan, Senior Consultant with Academica Group Inc. and Project Lead for the eTutor Alberta pilot.  “While post-secondary institutions are often collaborative by nature, a consortium is dependent upon ‘big picture’ thinkers to look at opportunities from a Campus Alberta perspective, and that’s what eCampusAlberta effectively did.” 

eTutor Alberta was developed in partnership with BCcampus who license the award-winning model in Canada from the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium. The model allows participating institutions to share their tutors and expertise across one shared interactive platform. The tutors are a mix of new hires and existing professionals already working for the institutions, with standardized training and protocols.

While the concept of e-tutoring isn’t unique among online consortiums, eTutor Alberta’s member collaboration is distinctive.

“What makes this unique is that these institutions have pooled their services together to provide more support collectively than each institution could independently provide its own learners,” said Ivan.

eTutor Alberta is currently available to a limited number of students from nine participating institutions: Bow Valley College, Grande Prairie Regional College, Lakeland College, Lethbridge College, MacEwan University, NAIT, Northern Lakes College, Olds College and Red Deer College.