•18 May 2020, 11:01•Edited by the author on 19 May 2020, 09:23
Section 1, Introduction to the forum
This activity invites you to post about what you would like to get out of studying the course and share any questions you might have about the journey ahead.
These are examples of the type of posts we might expect to see:
"I have seen adverts for the OU and tutoring vacancies and I want to know how to become a tutor."
"Colleagues have told me that the OU is looking for tutors and that this course will help me get a job as a tutor."
"Will the course limit me to applying for tutor jobs only in the school of computing and communications? What about other subject areas? Does the OU need tutors in other subjects? Will the course count for anything if I apply to be a tutor in a different school? "
Use the "Reply" button below to contribute to this discussion, by all means respond to postings by other participants
Former OU student (PGCert Computing for Commerce and Industry) here and aspiring AL with over 20 years in the industry. Hoping this course will help me with my application and give me an insight into the OU from the other side.
I have done my Post-doctoral in OU and nearing its completion of three years. I am also an Associate Lecture (Tutor) on TM129. I have done one presentation and have thoroughly enjoyed it. I want to do this course only to get better at it and get deeper understanding of its teaching style.
I have previously taught in Finland and Pakistan which provides me an experience of teaching diverse range of students from different continents. I have always enjoyed teaching as it provides me an opportunity to share my knowledge with others and learn along with. What motivates me to continue and improve my teaching practices at the OU is its ethos and passion to improve the life of a range of people. OU resources and colleagues are readily available to guide on how to address needs of differently abled students and encourage students from diverse backgrounds when they are going through challenging times.
I saw that the OU was advertising for tutors from an email I received through netacad.com. I am currently working in a STEM environment - 6th form education and half way through my EdD, I have an MSc in computing, and I am really want to transition into research and working for a university.
Hi! I came across advertisement online that OU were looking for ALs. I'd like to apply for 2 modules and this course was recommended as a precursor to application. I have not studied or taught with OU before, so I hope to find out all about it here and look forward to how this will help my application :)
Hi, I was an undergraduate OU student years ago and have worked in IT since 2000 and now considering a tutoring role. Hoping this course will give an insight on what a tutoring role involves within the OU.
Hi, I have just completed an OU MBA in Technology management and have worked in IT since 1991 and now considering a tutoring role. I have done a few courses previously with OpenLearn also and enjoyed them. Hoping this one helps me with understanding more about being an OU tutor.
Me - contemplating an OU Degree to fill the void I have ... I've been to Uni' twice but had horrendous luck which led to poor mental health and withdrawal from courses. (Both at the end of 2nd year).
Why am I here though? I did the OCASC certified Instructor courses at the end of last year (I am already Cisco and Comptia certified in various topics) and was tagged in an email that the OU were looking for P/T Tutors. I spent some time as a CCNA R-S/CCNA Security and A+ instructor a couple of years ago and loved it - found it the most rewarding experience of my life so far and I'm keen to get back to it!
Not sure how my basic Python skills (doing more traiing right now) would hold up at tutoring Level 1 - but it's worth going through the process.
If anything, spending time on this short course and accessing the free examples, seeing how the OU process works, has solidified my desire to commit to a Degree course :)
Here I am working toward my digi badge for AL with OU. After completing my degree with OU in 2019 I went onto a Secondary Teacher Training Course which has given me QTS and a PGCE. After a chance happening on the person specifications for teaching undergraduate level at OU I am hoping that my new qualifications would put me in good stead for leading a group adults through education, which I believe will very rewarding.
I have recently applied to a tutor role at OU for a science module. I am also studying at OU for a BSc in Maths & Statistics. I hope this course gives me an insight into the role of tutor and helps me to complete my future tutor applications at OU.
My name is Charlotte and I am just finishing my Master's with the OU.
I am a teacher currently, but I start my PhD in 2022 and I have applied to work as an AL with the OU. I have an interview in August and have been recommended this course, though I would be working within WELS.
I look forward to discovering more information about tutoring and gaining more of an understanding about the role.
My name's Stephen and I'm currently studying for a BSc. in Mathematics with the OU - currently three courses in and waiting for my result for M140 - Introducing Statistics :-). I'm currently living in Windsor in the South/South-East of England.
I graduated from Royal Holloway in 1996 with a degree in Computer Science and have spent the following years in a career in programming, systems and networks administration and technical support. For the past few years I've been feeling like it's time for a change and I'd like to get into teaching computing and mathematics to adults. Prior to starting full-time at Royal Holloway I did three years of a five year BEng. (Hons) in Electronics Engineering by day release at Bristol Poly.
I'm hoping to get a good introduction for what tutoring for the OU is like as I apply for AL positions for TM111 and MU123 and possibly some other courses.
I have studied with the OU for a number of years. After completing my PGCE and now soon to complete Masters I have thought about being an OU tutor. I saw the adverts for part-time tutors on LinkedIn and contacted Chris who suggested this course.
By the end I hope it will help me decide whether to apply for a vacancy or not.
Hi - I have applied for an AL post for E103 and it has been recommended by the Staff Tutors that I complete this to give me greater understanding of the role of an AL.
My husband studied with the OU and has been an AL for over 20 years now and I can see the benefits first hand of their ethos and approach.
My background is in Primary Education for nearly 30 years and I currently work for the local authority, so I know this will be a very different way of working but I could not resist the opportunity to apply and work love the chance to work as an AL.
I am keen to develop a deeper understanding of the role and the key skills required. Would also be open to advice on good habits to get into and tips to avoid......