Publish Date: 20.05.2011

Category: News from the University

On 18 May 2011, the University of Ljubljana organised the 2011 Tutor Day. The event’s participants exchanged their experience in offering tutoring services, presented good practices, consulted on future challenges and attended workshops that provided new tutorship knowledge and ideas.

The participants were greeted by the Vice-Rector of the University of Ljubljana Prof. Aleš Valič and the University Rector Prof. Dr. Radovan Stanislav Pejovnik also joined them for a while. After the address, tutorship at the University of Ljubljana was presented together with the new and modernised Tutorship Manual and the competition for the motif on the tutorship T-shirts that is being organised in cooperation with the Student Council of the University of Ljubljana. Career Centres presented their activities with a special emphasis on workshops and possibilities for cooperation between tutors and career counsellors. This was followed by the presentation of tutorship at the Faculty of Law, continuing with a pleasant discussion. Next came the Deafness is Invisible seminar prepared by Boštjan Jenko and presenting the challenges of communication with the deaf and hard of hearing.

The discussion participants presented several challenges that they face, including how to motivate and reward tutors and tutor coordinators. It was proposed that the work of tutor coordinators is considered using habilitation criteria. They want better harmonisation in the development of tutorship at the University of Ljubljana even though they are aware that approaches that work for one member cannot be copied for others. In the future, the consultation participants would like to see even more practical examples of tutorship in individual member faculties and that a systematic evaluation of tutorship results should be implemented, especially in teacher tutorship.

After the plenary part of the conference, two workshops aimed at helping tutors and tutor coordinators in their work were organised – Didactics for Tutors, implemented by Romina Plešec, and the Basics of Consulting, implemented by Tristan Rigler.