ELS-56303 Tutoring and Learning in Higher Education


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper1
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)ir. WMM Kop
Lecturer(s)ir. WMM Kop
Examiner(s)ir. WMM Kop
dr. ir. C Oonk

Language of instruction:

NL and/or EN


This course supports students in their development of tutoring skills in higher education, for them to use when assisting groups of learners and/or for facilitating (individual) learning processes. Working and learning in groups, including multidisciplinary and/or intercultural teams, has become more and more important. This has led to an increasing demand for tutors in all types of learning settings, who can facilitate and encourage the learning processes at both the team and the individual level.
Students explore the basic skills of tutoring on both content and process. Students learn about and practice how to deliver content, support interaction and give and receive feedback.

NB. In case students do not enroll in this course as a tutor, please contact the education coordinator of ELS to discuss alternative course contents and activities.  

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand the tasks of a tutor (in a specific situation) and guidelines for the corresponding skills;
- understand important elements of educational learning processes, like group dynamics and learning styles;
- deliver content, by involving their audience and dealing with resistance;
- guide interactive processes, by applying techniques to stimulate interaction;
- give and receive feedback according to the guidelines;
- gather feedback and to use this feedback to improve their (tutor) skills;
- formulate a vision on their role and future development as a tutor.


- study literature about the role of tutor and the corresponding tasks and skills;
- work on assignments related to their tutor tasks and/or relevant skills;
- practice with delivering content and guiding real interactive processes, among others by presenting, involving their audience by asking questions and listening actively;
- facilitate feedback sessions and use peer learning to learn about giving and receiving feedback according to the guidelines for proper feedback;
- present a practical tutor experience and discuss with peers how to respond in that particular situation, and develop a vision on the role of the tutor in situations like that (examination);
- reflect on the above mentioned skills in a reflective paper (examination).


The grade will be based on the quality of:
- a presentation and description of the practical experience and the reflection on the (peer) feedback (50%);
- an individual reflective essay (50%).


In consultation with the lecturer.