We just moved to paperless for our writing center portion of the tutoring center. It’s working out great. We use Google Forms, and since it’s licensed through NYU, that means the student info is held within the NYU network and so does not risk violating FERPA. Our writing consultants don’t need to be logged in to fill out the form. The info populates into a Google Sheets file. Consultants can see information entered on any and all students who have used our writing service, but they have to log onto the networked university portal. I am the “owner” of both forms, so the info stays in my account.
Hope this helps,
John Paul Cleveland, M.T.S., M.A.
Director, Polytechnic Tutoring Center
CRLA Level 1 Certified Program
NYU Tandon School of Engineering
6 MetroTech Center, JAB 373
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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We use a whole lot of paper in peer tutoring. Our tutors fill out a summary for every tutoring session they hold. We also have several evaluations that students and tutors complete throughout the semester. In addition, when students request a peer tutor, several pieces of paper are used for the tutor request process, as well. We’ve tried offering that process through our Blackboard Community, with some success. But, I would say over half of the students complete the request through the paper method…. So they seem to prefer it.
I would like to move to using Google forms (or some other similar platform) as much as I can, to reduce paper waste. I can easily do that for some things… but if I want to do that for tutoring session paper work, it would require tutors to check out a laptop from the center for every tutoring session. Maybe it would be worth it… because it would also help eliminate some of the time it takes ME to enter that data into the computer later. However, may also be that the surveys might be ignored if it comes to them in their email later via Google Forms rather than a paper they are asked to fill out before they leave the tutoring center.
All that to say, anyone who has found successful ways to deal with reducing paper use, while still collecting valuable data, please share your methods!
Peer Tutoring & Study Skills Development Program Supervisor
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