Introduction to E-tutoring (abridged version) (online)

This short course provides an introduction to e-tutoring and an overview of the role of e-tutor in the context of summer courses, which carry an entitlement of extra personal vacation (EPV) days for primary teachers. It is extracted from the original, moderated 'Introduction to E-tutoring' course. The course is presented in this unmoderated and abridged format to enable wider access by those who may have a more general interest in developing e-tutoring and online facilitation skills to support teacher professional learning. The course was developed by PDST Technology in Education in partnership with DCU’s International Centre for Innovation and Workplace Learning.

Duration3 hours approximately
Skill LevelBasic
SectorPost-primary, Primary
Target AudienceE-tutors/ moderators of online summer courses for primary teachers and those with an interest in developing e-tutoring and online facilitation skills to support teacher professional learning.
PrerequisitesBasic ICT skills. Participants should have experience of carrying out basic ICT tasks (opening, editing, saving, closing files) and be proficient in using an Internet browser. Prior experience of participating in an online course will be an advantage.

Online course availability, requirements and access

The course is delivered via Please return to for information on available dates (see the Course Schedule). Enrolment links appear on once the course is open for enrolment (login first, then see the link labelled “PDST Technology in Education - Courses on digital technologies in teaching and learning. ENROL HERE”).

Technical Requirements: A good broadband internet connection and a laptop, desktop pc or tablet (with the latest version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari installed).

Learning Outcomes

The Learning Outcomes for the full, moderated version of this course are to enable participants to:

  • Develop online communication skills and competencies necessary to be an effective e-tutor.
  • Understand their role in enabling learners to fully access and participate in an online course.
  • Become familiar with different models of e-tutoring.
  • Reflect on models of e-tutoring and their application in the context of a summer online course.
  • Promote interactivity to ensure learners engage fully and meaningfully in discussion forums. 
  • Promote trust and rapport among learners.
  • Identify and manage different online learner behaviours.
  • Provide timely and effective feedback to learners on assignments 
  • Guide learners in their achievements of learning outcomes.

In this abridged version participants will gain a basic understanding of e-tutoring in the above areas.

Course Content

The course is broken down into 5 modules, comprising presentations of course content, including interactive online assessments.

The course content will provide guidance and helpful strategies for e-tutors to facilitate online professional learning by teachers in the following areas:

  • leading learning
  • guiding learners in their achievement of course learning outcomes
  • maximising learner engagement
  • assessment and providing effective and timely feedback to learners
  • facilitating valid participation
  • monitoring learning
  • providing opportunities for learners to reflect on their practice and prepare to implement the content in their own classrooms
  • facilitating completion and submission of assignments by learners.