Online whiteboard with instant 2-way collaboration is a crucial part of online tutoring. This article will discuss the features of such a whiteboard and why it is a make or break for the success of online tutoring sessions provided by My Engineering Buddy.
Why student collaboration is vital for learning?
“Tell me, and I forget, teach me, and I may remember, involve me, and I learn” (Benjamin Franklin)
The most effective tutoring is possible only when the student is involved in the session. In an online environment, that means giving the student the option to write on the same whiteboard that the tutor is writing.
This requirement makes one-way screen-sharing tools less useful for online tutoring. Video calls can still involve the student, but the whiteboard is the best place to interact with the tutor. Hence a 2-way collaboration on the same online whiteboard is a must.
Keeping this requirement in mind, My Engineering Buddy uses an Online whiteboard with instant 2-way collaboration in its online tutoring sessions.
Features of an online collaborative whiteboard
The student and the tutor can write on the same whiteboard in real-time, making the tutoring session highly engaging.
Students must attend the tutoring sessions on a bigger screen like an iPad, tablet, or laptop.
In addition, they must have a
- a digital pen and pad in case of laptops
- an apple pencil in the case of an iPad, or
- a stylus in the case of a tablet
The tutor may block the student’s writing access while explaining something. They can restore the access when they want the student to write something.
If the tutor is explaining something on the whiteboard, the student can point out in real time which step is not clear. The student may also write and explain what he has understood so far.
As we described earlier, these collaborations go a long way toward making the session more productive for the student.
Related: Highly Effective Tutoring Methodology