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Alain commented on Learning Buddies

Hi Bettina.
The professional staff sign-up on a spreadsheet posted on SharePoint. They provide subject expertise, availability, contact information and other data. Homeschooling staff view the list and choose a tutor. I then setup a meeting. Once agreed, the parent and tutor use company Webex to conduct the tutorial sessions. The parent and I monitor everything. The company allows tutors and students to use its network, Webex, Microsoft Office365 and other software and hardware tools without charge. The tutorial sessions are conducted after work hours and the tutor offers expertise free of charge. My employer is ACI Worldwide which has offices in many countries and staff who speak many languages. All staff are invited to use the service regardless of country of residence. I initiated the program very late in the school year, within a week of end of term for the students, so only a few homeschooling families participated. This is my fault, I was too slow to respond to the crisis. I'm hopeful that the Spring semester will see more participation. What surprised me most was the engagement of tutors. Once the head of HR announced the program, many tutors volunteered, even those who have no formal teaching experience but demonstrated compassion towards their homeschooling teammates.