March 8, 2017
One of eCampusAlberta’s greatest success stories is its leadership and sponsorship in launching eTutor Alberta – and, while eCampusAlberta may be winding down, five Alberta post-secondary institutions have committed to ensuring students continue to have access to the convenience and quality of eTutor Alberta’s writing support services.
Throughout Winter 2017, students at Lakeland College, Lethbridge College, MacEwan University, NAIT, and Northern Lakes College will continue to have access to eTutor Alberta’s highly-successful eQuestions and eWriting tools, where they can submit questions or drafts of written assignments for feedback from a professional tutor. For these students, the service will operate normally: returning students can continue to use their existing accounts, and new students can create accounts at http://etutoralberta.ca/log. “We’re committed to providing dependable support, with minimal disruption,” said Elizabeth Gripping, eTutor Alberta Program Coordinator. “Unfortunately, with fewer institutions moving ahead, we do not have adequate staffing to operate our math tutoring program this term, but we hope to restore this service in the future.” In the meantime, it’s business as usual: students are already busy submitting papers and questions.
For institutions who have withdrawn from eTutor Alberta, students will have access to their accounts until January 31. Students will not be able to submit new papers or questions but can save copies of previous tutor responses.
To support the consortium, member institutions have stepped up to provide funding and oversight through to June 2017. Institutional representatives are serving on a transition team to oversee the consortium’s operations, and institutions will pay a small membership fee ($10-15,000 per year) to cover software and coordination for the project. “Because eCampusAlberta has funded us so generously in the past, institutions have never before paid eTutor Alberta membership fees,” said Gripping. “eCampusAlberta has covered all expenses for software, administration, training, and quality assurance ($130-150,000 per year), and both Northern Lakes College and Ambrose University have helped by providing office space. As eCampusAlberta dissolves, we need additional support from our member institutions. We’re deeply grateful for those who are standing with us.”
“We are currently casting vision for the coming years, and we welcome new members to join the conversation. Our next intake for new members is July 1, 2017,” said Gripping. “As we move forward, we are eager to continue providing exemplary writing support to students across the province.”