COLUMBUS, OH, Jan. 7, 2013 – The Ohio Board of Regents is partnering with Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark to host a launch event dedicated to touting the benefits of the largest free online tutoring network in the country.
The event, scheduled for 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, in the Warner Center on the OSU-Newark campus, will feature an overview of the Ohio eTutoring Collaborative and a live demonstration geared toward students and faculty. Senior Vice Chancellor Gary Cates will attend the launch event, and Ohio eTutoring Coordinator Karen Boyd will oversee the demonstration.
Currently, there are 43 higher education institutions statewide that are members of Ohio eTutoring, and the number continues to grow. By joining Ohio eTutoring, colleges and universities and their students receive access to free online tutoring in accounting, anatomy and physiology, biology, calculus, chemistry, digital literacy, math, statistics, and writing and grammar. Additional academic disciplines will be implemented as the program expands.
Beginning this academic year, all public and private institutions of higher learning in the state were invited to join Ohio eTutoring, free of charge to the universities and free of charge to students.
“In Ohio, we have one of the strongest collaborative teams of higher education institutions in the country, all working together to help students complete their degrees,” said Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro. “Completion is vital to Ohio’s future, and Governor (John) Kasich and I are dedicated to programs that will help students earn a degree or certificate. We are proud to offer this free expanded eTutoring service for students across the state.”
How Free eTutoring Works
Students enrolled in participating institutions across Ohio receive access to free online tutoring through their college website, and some universities offer their own online tutoring program. Throughout the course of the school year, students can receive real-time online tutoring sessions. Utilizing a camera, microphone and white board, tutors from participating institutions assist students with their academic questions. Students may also post questions that do not require immediate answers.
A clearinghouse of electronic academic resources is available when students visit the eTutoring website, which can be accessed via laptop or desktop computer, or Flash-compatible tablet. Hours of availability vary, but tutors generally are available from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days per week.
Previously, participating schools paid an annual fee for the eTutoring service. Under the new arrangement, eStudent Services, a consortium of OH-Tech, will underwrite the annual fee for all interested public and private institutions.
Participating Ohio Institutions
To learn more about Ohio eTutoring, log on to http://www.estudentservices.org/e-tutoring.