Supervising internships/graduation projects

In the final phase of their degree, students often have to work individually on a graduation assignment/internship. As a tutor, however, you would like to know how things are going, also to prevent them from getting stuck or becoming unnecessarily discouraged. Often, it is useful to make an appointment, for instance to give feedback, filter out problems, guide the process, and stimulate progress. However, especially in the final phase of their education, students are present on campus less and less. And, due to internship or work obligations, it becomes increasingly difficult to come to the campus for a face to face appointment. Various ICT tools can offer a solution to this issue.

In addition, using particular ICT tools can facilitate keeping an overview of all the students you are tutoring. These tools also offer the possibility of keeping multiple instructors updated simultaneously. Here, the following also holds: students can learn a lot from each other, seeing that they are in the same situation and understand each other well. Therefore it is beneficial to not only look at the communication between instructor and students, but also to stimulate communication amongst students.

For each situation (printed bold and underlined) it is described which tools (underlined) can play an important role. 

Tutoring 1 on 1  is often done by appointment and is directed towards monitoring progress and giving very specific feedback. This can be done while being online simultaneously (synchronous), but also at times when you are not online simultaneously (asynchronous).

Tutoring a group requires a different approach than 1 on 1 tutoring. Sometimes, effective use can be made of peer feedback on individual products, or there can be collaboration in groups.  

Communication amongst students can be important in tutoring students who are in the same phase. They can support each other both socially and content-based. They are in the same process, struggle with the same questions, and are sometimes alone in an unfamiliar environment. Then, it can really help to form a network.

What communication tools are available?

Blackboard Collaborate: Blackboard Collaborate makes it possible to communicate and collaborate online. This tool is integrated into Blackboard, and is available from within a course. 
Blackboard IM has the same functionalities, of which Blackboard Collaborate is a sub-part, but can be used independently of Blackboard. Is has a instant messaging function (such as for instance MSN messenger or Skype). 

Blackboard Announcement, Mail en Discussion forum These 3 tools can be used for both 1 on 1 communication, as for communication between multiple people. When several students have the same question, the question and the answer could be posted on the discussion forum. 

Blackboard Weblog: A type of online journal or  log, integrated in Blackboard and not publicly available, but only to those within the same Blackboard course. 

TUDelft weblog: An online journal or log, publicly available

Blackboard Journal: An online journal which is available only to  the student and the instructor. The chronological display, the way in which it can be commented, and the privacy settings are what makes it different from a web log. 

Blackboard Portfolio: Geeft de unieke ontwikkeling en/of de resultaten van die ontwikkeling van een student weer. Ge├»ntegreerd in Blackboard   

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