On-Demand Tutoring to Students Around the World

John J. Stuppy (TutorVista.com, USA)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 159
EISBN13: 9781616921750|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-876-5.ch012
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The early groundwork for online tutoring was laid when the author led a team at Sylvan Learning Centers in the mid 1990s to find ways to increase the availability of tutors for the students who need them and make tutoring more convenient. The author invented and patented a ground-breaking tutoring platform and system that enabled a student with a home computer to work interactively with a tutor hundreds or thousands of miles away. The student and tutor talk using computer-based voice-over internet protocol (VoIP) Internet phone technology, and share diagrams and work problems on-screen through software known as a virtual whiteboard. Students and teachers can also use instant-messaging text chat to type notes and copy and paste information to share. Sylvan implemented this service launching the eSylvan business (now called Educate Online) for students to work with tutors for skill-gap tutoring all over the United States. Over the years, a number of companies also entered the online tutoring market to provide homework help or skill-gap tutoring. Most focused on homework help using an on-screen whiteboard and typed text chat.
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