Nigel GibsonModerator Post 1 • 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? "
Gulp, I've surprised myself by applying to become an AL then stumble in here and see one of my old course tutors moderating the forum, hello Nigel this phrog* has hopped back and hopes to become an AL.
I graduated in the class of 2009 and did some postgraduate studies.
* M206 students replaced f with ph.
Hallo all, another student aspiring to become an AL.
I’m something of an OU addict (on my third OU degree and no intention of stopping) and have been contemplating venturing onto the other side of the fence for some time now. Just taken the plunge and put some applications in a couple of weeks ago!
Looking to this course to give me a better insight into the AL role.
Welcome Paul - and welcome to the STEM team? What are you doing? I'm sure that this course will help in expanding your knowledge about how our tutors work with the module materials and our students. It'll be great to hear your views as you work through the course.
I have studied with the OU for a number of years to earn my BSc and MSc. I have thought about helping on the other side for a while now. 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.
Welcome to the course and the forum, good to have you here.
As a student you will already be aware of ALs and elements of their role as tutors. I hope this course gives you a fuller picture of being an OU tutor in STEM and helps you reach your decision on making an application.
It will be great to hear your views on the course as it progresses.
I have no prior experience with the OU. The course has been recommended by a family member who works in the OU.
I am a part-time lecturer in software development at the University of Liverpool, where I do more software development than lecturing. I also work for an I.T co-operative where I provide organisations with software development expertise, most of these organisations are in the higher education sector. I am also currently in a write-up year for a PhD at the University of Bolton.
My background is in computing, and most of my working life I have been in software development within a higher education setting. I have very little in the way of large-scale teaching experience., although I have experience with small classes or one to one. While I lack in experience, I do read about educational theory/philosophy; I am particularly interested in critical pedagogy.
I am undertaking the course because I think that education will have to adapt to the current environment. Covid-19 may force us to rethink lecture theatres of 300+ and instead think about more personal experience that take advantage of technology. I see the OU as being a leader in this space, and I have enrolled to understand and hopefully get more involved with the OU.
Thanks for joining us here. It is good to have someone join with experience from outside the OU as well. As an OU tutor, you are much more likely to be working with small groups and one-to-one than that 300+ lecture. So your experience sounds very relevant. I hope you find this course useful.
Good luck with that PhD write up.
I heard about the course when I enquired about the AL post having had suggestion from good old LinkedIn. I've been a professional software engineer since 1986. I did my O and A Levels at school then went to University to study Electronics and Computing but didn't "gel" with the course. Years later, I finished the degree at another university and then did an MRes in Computing and am now halfway through a PhD, all by part time and distance learning. I've been teaching some software courses (Java, C#, Android mostly) to undergraduates and postgraduates. The University also runs a program called Learning at Work where people can top up their existing qualifications to bachelors and masters level and I am a tutor on that course with several students working towards both BSc and MSc qualifications. My work experience is pretty wide and I can turn my hand to many aspects of computing.
My passion, to use a much over-used word, is learning and development, both personal and in others.
I was previously an OU UG student and loved studying for my degree. I successfully applied for an AL post many years ago, but the course did not run. Since then I have finally completed my PhD and am lecturing and running tutorials at another university where I split myself between maths and computing. I have wanted to become an AL many times and I am taking this course to understand the role more clearly and be better prepared to apply for an AL position.
I have found my way here via a tutor on the Discord OU STEM server. It has been mentioned in passing about me undertaking a tutor role in the future, I am still 2 yrs away from completing my undergraduates and I wanted to check out the course here.
I have been with the OU as a student since 2011, where I started on a Psychology qualification, changing over to Computing & IT in 2015. All of this is a career change for me, I am in my 40's and in a previous life worked in accountancy.
I am working on organic growth at the moment. I just finished TM254 and found from the group work that I worked better with others than I had thought I would so I am walking a new path :)
It is fair to say I am far away from finishing life as a student (if ever) and wondered if working with the OU may help me find the fulfillment in my life that I have been looking for :)
I am part way through this course and finding it interesting and thought provoking. I have always been aware of the OU but am fast learning much more about it.
My motivation in starting it is wanting to thoroughly understand the AL role so as to build informed perspective on whether to pursue it as an opportunity and verify that I have the background and skills.
I suspect I am slightly different as an applicant as I have no teaching background. I have though spent 32 years in the IT Services Industry in a range of software development, system commissioning, programme and project management and consulting roles and have run end to end IT services contracts for a number of different clients. I have worked in and run teams and undertaken coaching / mentoring roles over the years and been involved in the training and development curriculum for a pool of programme and project managers.
I am now at a point in my career where I am considering refocusing and pursuing a portfolio of interests. I enjoy working with people and am looking to share my career experience and hopefully through an AL role, help people relate theory to practice with real life examples from the workplace.
I guess my biggest caution is the lack of formal teaching background, but I am hopeful that my business and industry experience offsets that.
I finished a full time OU degree late last year and received a first in December. A family member and friend, who also works at the OU, suggested I might like to join as an AL. I was immediately excited about a potential role and have recently applied for one of the STEM modules. Said friend directed me to this course to gain a better understanding of what it is to be an OU tutor. It is refreshing to be learning again as I miss the challenges and work that my degree gave to me. I dearly hope that I can pass on my experience and knowledge to help other students to thrive.
Hi, I completed my PhD at the OU and have just completed a post-doctoral position at the OU.
In the past year, I have been a library research support volunteer with the OU Student Association. In this position, I find and suggest reading materials for students in secure environments. I have assisted students in a range of OU modules, and it is fascinating, difficult work to take the lists of desired books and articles and shape them into sets of materials that will help the students progress in their modules.
love research, I would also love to teach. I am a first generation
university graduate that came to computing research after working as a
professional in the IT field. I hope to find ways in the future to
support students who are on their own educational journey, and I'm taking this course to learn more about the AL role and supported learning at the OU.
What do I want from this course
So what do I want from this course, information to see how I can possibly pass on my knowledge to others so they can learn more than me.
I've applied to tutor TM111 and M269 so here's what I'd like to learn from this course:
- What it’s like to be an OU tutor and how it works from a practical point of view, especially how technology is used
- The types of people that become students and what their needs are
- How to address issues such as students not engaging with the learning
- How I can fill in any gaps in my own subject knowledge
I saw the advertisement for OU tutors and I am now doing this course to see if I am good enough to become an OU tutor, if its suitable for me and/or if studying with the OU is something I want to do.
I have a Math's degree and MSc in a science subject and I have worked for a long time in IT in various mainly IT service roles, including Helpdesk Manager and Head of IT for a Trust of schools where I picked up qualifications in ITIL and project management. More recently I have a couple of years teaching and tutoring mathematics at secondary school level.
I am at a bit of a crossroads and want to find out more about this role, which is why I am on this course.
As someone aspiring to teach at the Open University, I'm quite excited about the Badged Open Course on "Becoming an OU tutor in STEM".
I hope to gain more understanding about how the OU students learn as well as how the tutors guide and support the students. It's my expectation that I will be better equipped for the role after this course.
I've been considering applying for OU tutoring vacancies in STEM subjects and an existing OU tutor sent me the link to this course to find out more. I'm currently a postdoc researcher (I finished my PhD last year) and also a tutor for a distance learning masters course run by another university. I also had a previous career in IT (primarily systems administration). So I think I may have something to offer, but I'm hoping to find out more about the role and what it involves. What I don't have much experience of is face-to-face teaching (I've done some tutoring and training), so I'd like to know more about how that is organised and what it involves.
Just started the course.
I graduated from the in 2012 with a Bsc Open. Previously worked in IT for some well known organisations.
Since retiring I have worked in Adult Education as a Lerner Support Assistant, supporting learners in Maths and ICT.
I was made aware of the this course and thought I should understand the role before applying.
I am a freelance ITSM Consultant and Project Manager and am considering becoming a AL (if the OU will have me!).
Over the last year I have gained a lot of experience at delivering training in my specialist area. I thoroughly enjoy the experience and that is one of the reasons I would like to see whether there is an opportunity with the STEM Faculty.
I am about to start my final year of my undergraduate degree and seriously considering my options. I studied at Warwick University years ago and was approached about tutoring but unfortunately health problems put a stop to it. Years later i found the Open University which awakened my passion for learning again. I am hoping to carry on studying and teach at the same time.
This course will hopefully answer some questions i have regarding the differences between Open University tutoring and brick university. I spoke with the careers service and was advised that i needed a PhD and offered other teaching routes. A second chat with a different advisor has now pointed me to this course to gain a better insight.
- Currently, I volunteer as tutor for disadvantaged students at the local school; clearly, tutoring at OU is a totally different "ball game": distance vs face-to-face tutoring, different motivational and social background issues, need to be extremely proactive and ovecome blockages of whatever nature, 15 hours tutoring to produce a 2/3 grade band improvement. Success gives them oppotunities and choices they did not have before. Success for them is not an option.
- Long ago, way before internet times when knowledge was not so easily at hand, I hired young adults straight out of school, to be inserted in a SW (mainframe) development team. Productivity, zero. Knowledge, nearly irrelevant. I had to teach them or rather impart knowledge and method to make them productive, then and afterwards, i.e. I had to impart productive lifelong knowledge acquisition.
- I have been a grateful OU student, now for nearly 25 years; so, I have witnessed the evolution of OU tutoring and their teaching materials. I am keen to learn the current OU tutoring way and understand how the current tutors are engaged in this "evolutionary process". Over the last four years I started and finished a BSc in Mathematics. At this time I seriously questioned how to improve the relationship between the student and the tutor, how to make it enriching for both sides. Being a student and tutor at the same time, makes me aware that both sides are in a learning process. I would like to know how being a OU tutor has challenged and enhanced their own learning and their effectiveness in imparting knowledge.Michael
" I'm a Mancunian exiled in the South East of England. Nigel Gibson" Is it really that bad? I live in Brighton and know Mancunians that LOVE it down here!
Another OU student here, half way through the third level of my degree. I have no formal experience in teaching, although through my career I have run informal training for colleagues and clients, and also mentored colleagues.
I originally trained as a marine engineer, then moved on to BR where I became involved with train performance modelling using computers. From that I moved into IT support, and have worked in that role in a number of industries, both private and public sector. I am currently a systems engineer with the NHS.
Having built up a lot of knowledge and experience over my career, I looked at teaching in higher/adult education a few years ago, but life got in the way. Through my OU career I have discussed the possibility of become and OU tutor with my tutors, and been encouraged to give it a go, hence I have now applied for two level 1 AL roles.
From this course I am hoping to gain a better understanding of the role of a tutor, and how I can fit in to the organisation, and what the potential benefits are likely to be. I am also looking to get out of the 9to5 rat-race, and a AL role seems ideal - still able to keep my hand in but with more control over my time and I can hopefully pass on my knowledge and experience to the next generation.
Also Associate Lecturer with the Open University has a nice ring to it, and would look good on the CV!
Thanks for your intro, and great to see another OU student here.
Hope the course is helpful, and please post any further questions you might have re the tutor role on the forum.
Very pleased to see that you have already applied for some roles too. Good luck with those and completing your degree.
Introduction to the OU
The Open University (OU) is a global success story in a world that is dynamic. Where others have lagged behind the OU has fostered ahead with bringing education and learning to the student rather than the student going to the University. I admire the Open University in all they do to ensure that all learners are given the opportunity to empower and enrich their learning experiences.
I was directed to this course by a colleague who is also an AL. She suggested I think about applying to become a tutor, however recommended I took the course first.
I am hoping to gain a deeper understanding of the responsibilities and activities of an AL, but also to learn different techniques to help with learning - and develop myself in the process.
I previously studied with the OU, and had some fantastic tutors, so to potentially have the opportunity to 'pay it forward' is something that I would appreciate.
I’m a current OU student and an aspiring AL. This course was recommended to me when I asked for feedback after a recent application, and I hope it will give me insight into the role and fill in some of my gaps with online education.
I am currently studying towards a BSc in Mathematics, and have a BA in Education Studies with Natural Sciences.
Hi, I gained my BSc with the OU (2000-2006) which enabled me to go on and become a qualified Secondary School teacher. I was also an AL on a level 1 course (T175-Networked Living) from 2006-2010. I am very excited to hopefully be an AL again for the OU and am doing this course to see what's changed, what's the same and ensure I am prepared if I get appointed. Don't want to make you feel old Nigel but Nigel was my first Tutor when I started my OU journey.
Is this for me?
I'm contemplating working with the OU as one of a portfolio of academic roles that gives me flexibility in my working life. I've studied with the OU so I've got some idea about tutors from the student's perspective, but not since 2011 and not in STEM. This course seems the ideal opportunity to catch up and get the inside story before I make an application!
Even though you haven't been in the STEM faculty, you are very welcome. This should cover the tutor role bits for you.
If not STEM, what is your subject area? We may be able to point you to other useful information if you have questions relating to your area.
Anyway, it is good to have you here.
I am interested in teaching for quite some time. Initially, I was thinking about teaching IT at a secondary school level. However, as a foreigner who migrated to this country as an adult, after interviewing some colleagues at work about the realities of secondary education in the UK, I have decided that teaching adults would suite me better. And since I have a really good experience with the Open University, knowing some really amazing tutors myself, I have decided that I would love to become one, giving that way something back to the community.
What are my chances for that? I live here, in the UK, for 14 years already and have no intention of leaving. This is my home and I hope to spend the rest of my life here. I am finishing my BSc (Honours) Computing and IT and thinking about continuing my education, probably studying towards MSc in Data Science (unfortunately the OU does not offer such a degree, so I have to find something suitable at a different university).
Welcome to the course and the forum, good to have you here.
It will be interesting to see what changes occur following the pandemic and, as you say, that might include extra pastoral care as well as changes in how students choose to study. We'll have to wait and see!
I hope you find the course useful.
I've just completed my first year at the OU and it has been great (looking forward to this next year). I got sent a link about this and thought I'd check it out. It definitely seems like something I would be interested in. I already teach at a local College so it will be interesting to see how being an OU is different to this.
I'm currently approaching my last couple of undergraduate modules and am possibly interested in being an OU tutor in the future (I've been inspired by some great tutors!). I'm also applying for an AL-type role where I currently live for an area I already work and am qualified in, and I think the badge wouldn't hurt towards that!.
I am curious about working with the Open University, and wanted to find out a little more. I am currently working as a Computer Teacher on the Isle of Man, where I also act as the subject coordinator for Computer Science.
Each year I am blessed with a number of brilliant students studying for their A level's and I figured out it would be handy for me to know what's going on in higher education in their subject area.
My background is non-conventional, my Degree is in Ancient History and Archaeology, I hold a professional qualification as a Systems Analyst, and have spent most of my working life with Technology and Software and bleeding edge software companies, in a range of roles, from technical through to strategic leadership, culminating in specialising in the Defence and Security Market place.
As mentioned before I went back to teaching, it was initially supposed to be part time and to be honest working in English schools I despaired, but I was fortunate enough to be given an opportunity to work in Douglas, with young people who wanted to learn, and my passion was re-kindled.
And in my spare time I write computer games.
Hi Nigel (and other participants),
I'm here to find out a little more about how tutoring works from the tutor side, having been an OU student at various times.
A couple of years ago I finally decided to look at filling the hole left by my 'missing' BSc and came back to the OU to embark, very slowly, on a Maths degree. I'm just knocking on the door of level 2 in that particular journey. Loving it!
Covid 19 has left my client order book empty and I've been re-evaluating where to take my career next. I've spent a lot of time over the years helping and mentoring more junior staff on client sites and found this rewarding, so thought it would be interesting to investigate making tutoring a bigger part of my life. I suppose I would aspire to tutor on some of the computing courses, where I have most experience, although I also hanker to tutor maths courses - when I eventually graduate.
So: looking forward to finding out how it all works!
Welcome to the course and the forum, great to have you here.
I hope the insight on 'tutoring from the other side' helps you decide on your next steps, and there's no need to choose between maths and computing, you can apply for both!
Please post on the forum if you have additional questions.
I'm Tom. I'm a museum educator having been a secondary school teacher in the past, and I've done a handful of projects with various parts of the OU (including a couple that are currently in development). I applied to be an AL for a maths module earlier in the year but I didn't hear anything back! I do various things involving teaching in and outside of my day job. Some OU lecturing would be a really good way for my career to morph a little more. I'm about to start an MA so it's probably not the best time to start AL-ing but while I'm waiting for my course to start I thought this one would be interesting and potentially useful!
Hi Thomas - welcome along. I'd like to clarify how the application process works.
As you'll see towards the end of the course we have a recruitment window which closes on 20th August this year. Within it, there are a series of advertising rounds. When applications are reviewed and interviews arranged will depend on a range of factors including the number of vacancies and geography. It might be that the module you applied for hasn't commenced the process of shortlisting yet so your application is still "live". I spoke to a colleague in FASS earlier this week and they usually interview and appoint very close to the module start date in October, that's how they work.
I think what I'm trying to say is that if you applied within the current recruitment window and haven't heard anything it doesn't automatically mean that it's bad news :-)
I hope that you enjoy this course
After many years working all over the world on computer systems I took early retirement. There is, hopefully, still plenty of life left in this old dog, and I've been casting about looking for something that would be worthwhile to do. Must admit I was only vaguely aware of the OU when an advert for AL and PT's in computing appeared on Linkedin. It looked like a great fit for things I love to do, which are essentially IT, and using IT to help people to make the world a better place. Others might say I also love telling people about myself and IT!
It soon became clear to me that I needed to know a lot more about the OU, and this course was recommended to me as a good place to start.
Anyway - to cut a long story short.
Hello all I'm another OU student hoping to become an AL and so I'm here to find out a little more about how tutoring works.
I'm currently studying standalone modules across STEM and Languages which means I'll probably opt for an open degree in the end. My background moves across STEM and Arts with an HNC in computing and a BA and MA in History. I've worked in computer support and finance, but deep down I've always wanted to be a lecturer.
I have been a maths teacher for over 25 years and a Computer Science teacher for 6 years working in large and small secondary schools! Now I work 1:1 with secondary studnets on line. I also have 3 degrees from the OU - a BSc in Maths and Computer Science , a B Sc in Psychology and a M A in Education - all obtaiined over 10 years ago! I really enjoyed studying for these degrees with the OU - all have helped me progress in my career. I also recently finished an online bootcamp on full stack web development and initially thought about becoming a full stack software engineer, but I am so much happier teaching. I am keen to give something back and as a teacher I am very interested to know more about the role of an OU stem tutor. I hope to learn lots about tutoring adults learning STEM and to apply these skills to help adult learners develop their STEM skills to a high level.
I came across this course because Cath Brown mentioned it on a fb group. I am an old-timer of the OU, have done most of an undergrad degree, with a bit of credit transfer from the Netherlands, and a postgrad philosophy Ma. Humanities, me ;-) not STEM but perhaps I can still pick some useful things up. I've applied for AL but no luck so far. And now, instead of heading out into the world pursuing a PhD, I've signed up for another arts and humanities degree. More OU being a student, but hopefully at some point being successful and part of the AL team.
I've worked in IT a good number of years and have mainly done 1st/2nd line support (helpdesk/desktop support), with some systems administration and part time teaching Cisco in FE thrown in! All enjoyable experience! Even though I'm not academically trained in Computing, I am very interested in learning from experienced OU tutors in how I can pass on my own and new knowledge to the students.
Section 1 Activity 1
My grandmother lived in Simpson. When I was a child I remember her telling us one weekend how exciting it was that Walton Hall was to be the site of an “Open University” where anyone could study for a degree, even if they were working as well.
I have used “Future Learn” myself for fun, watched countless BBC programmes with OU input, and during lockdown I took advantage of several OU courses such as “Teaching Tricky Topics” and ‘Taking your Teaching Online” to enhance my own secondary school Science teaching skills. Fantastic institution!
This exercise invities us to reflect on what we have discovered so far. I was initially surprised that about 1/4 of OU students come from the 25% most deprived areas (of this country I assume?). Actually, on reflection, perhaps the OU could have greater outreach for retraining and education in these areas?
Hi Nigel, all,
I'd only heard of the OU and happened to be part of an authoring team for a couple of modules. That has sparked off my interest to see what it would take to front-end with students, online. I'm keen to understand OU and experience its educational processes.
I come with research and industry experience in data networking and cyber security. But, it is not just the subject, but the process of educating that excites me - I found authoring very fulfilling and I believe tutoring will surpass it. Yeah, very selfish, but I'd like to believe it is a new passion!?
Lovely to hear from you. I see a lot of interest from our students in cyber security, so we need some good tutors in that area.
I hope you enjoy this course and that it gives you a good idea of what tutoring involves. Do ask any questions you have in here.
As with many of the others here I started as an OU student so feel pretty familiar with what the OU is and how it can help students that otherwise might not have the opportunity of Higher Education.
Although I graduated in 1999 when the Internet hardly figured in the experince, I have done the odd module since so I am also aware of how much the Internet has changed the experience.
My day job is teaching Computing in an all through school, meaning I get to teach Computing to students from age 5 to 19. I would love the opportunity to also teach Computing to adults. I have taught disabled adult previously when I worked for a charity teaching disabled asults to use Computers and the Internet. Sadly the charity no longer exists.
Hi, I have been wondering about how online learning with the OU might work for quite a while. After finding myself creating remote learning courses and teaching live lives online during the last lockdown as a primary school teacher I found that I really enjoyed the chance to be able to tailor the input to each child in my class and spend more one to one time with them than I can in a busy class of 30+, so much so that I am now keen to investigate what it might be like to be an OU tutor.
I see I'm in good company here. I've previously done my MBA and some computing courses with the OU. My boss is a tutor for a few courses and recommended I apply because in his view I more than met the requirement and he was so overloaded with students he was hoping for more people to become tutors. Working in technology I am passionate about providing forums for people to learn more about it. The OU ethos and way of learning has always been important but now more so than ever.
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 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 :)
Many thanks, Mark
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.
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.
Being an OU tutor
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......
You will find there is a focus on the Computing and Communication here, but you are very welcome to pick the bits that are useful and relevant for E108.
Although you have your own expert at home, you are still welcome to ask questions here too.
I've just been told that I've been deemed appointable for a STEM tutor role in the Physical Sciences School and during my interview I mentioned this course (although I wasn't sure how relevant it was - being a Computing School course) and was told that it was a good primer even for an astronomy nerd like me - so here I am. I have not previously studied with the Open University although I did my master's degree via distance learning at another institution so it will be interesting to compare how the OU works with my experience from being a distance learning student.
What would I like to get out of the course? I would like to discover if an OU tutor is something I am capable of doing. I've been studying with the OU since 2012 and I am currently near the end of a masters in software engineering. I have a lot of experience in the industry and I do at times find myself thinking that I need to pass on my experience. As to if being an OU tutor is a way to do this, well I hope to find out soon. :)
Completing this course I hope will provide specific examples and information related to procedures and processes employed at OU as I have taught on HE programmes for many years but OU provides a new alternative method of deliver and understanding systems used is the main aspect I hope to increase my knowledge on