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Nigel Gibson
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Post 1

18 May 2020, 11:01 Edited by the author on 19 May 2020, 09:23

Section 1, Introduction to the forum

SearchingThis 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

Sandy Garrity

Sandy Garrity Post 2 in reply to 1

30 May 2020, 18:44

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. 

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Nigel Gibson Post 3 in reply to 2

30 May 2020, 19:00 Edited by the author on 1 Jun 2020, 20:13

Sandy, how lovely to see you here! Welcome to the course and to the forum. I hope that you find the course useful in preparing to apply and that you'll use this space for questions :-)

Nigel

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Cath Brown Post 4 in reply to 1

1 Jun 2020, 19:48

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.



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Nigel Gibson Post 5 in reply to 4

1 Jun 2020, 20:12

Hiya Cath, Welcome to the course and welcome to the forum, it's  always lovely to see you :-) I hope you enjoy the course and pop back here if you have any questions.

Nigel

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Paul Collier Post 6 in reply to 1

2 Jun 2020, 10:54

I recently joined the OU STEM team and want to learn about this role and also expand my knowledge and career opportunities.

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Nigel Gibson Post 7 in reply to 6

2 Jun 2020, 11:03

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.

Nigel

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Paul Collier Post 8 in reply to 7

2 Jun 2020, 11:16

Hi Nigel.

Thank you.  I am the Student Success Manager, so lots to learn about the faculty and this role is key as part of it.

Thanks, Paul

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Sanjay Sharma Post 9 in reply to 1

2 Jun 2020, 13:05

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.

 

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Jenny Bakkali Post 10 in reply to 9

2 Jun 2020, 14:22

Hi Sanjay,

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.

Jenny


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David Sherlock Post 11 in reply to 1

4 Jun 2020, 13:34

Hi all,

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.


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Kate Sim Post 12 in reply to 11

4 Jun 2020, 13:55

Hi David,

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.

Kate


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Shane Ogilvie Post 13 in reply to 1

4 Jun 2020, 15:58

Hi,

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.

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Kate Sim Post 16 in reply to 13

4 Jun 2020, 20:12

It sounds as though you are doing a lot of different things, but I'm glad to hear that your passion is learning.  We like that around here. :-)

Kate

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Heather Yorston Post 14 in reply to 1

4 Jun 2020, 18:25

Hi all,

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.

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Kate Sim Post 15 in reply to 14

4 Jun 2020, 20:09

Hi Heather,  welcome back and congratulations on the PhD.  I hope you find the course useful and wonder how many changes you will notice. Do let us know.

Kate

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Lucy Gillett Post 17 in reply to 1

4 Jun 2020, 20:24

Hi all,

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 :)

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Kate Sim Post 18 in reply to 17

5 Jun 2020, 09:43

Hi Lucy, I hope you find it useful to see the other side of OU study and good luck with finishing your degree.

Kate

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Duncan Hall Post 19 in reply to 1

5 Jun 2020, 14:45

Hi, 

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. 




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Jenny Bakkali Post 20 in reply to 19

5 Jun 2020, 15:22

Hi Duncan, 

I wouldn’t worry about the lack of formal teaching experience. I didn’t have any either. You will probably find experiences either at work or elsewhere that you can use to evidence your skills in that area. 

Jenny

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Lucy Bailey Post 21 in reply to 1

6 Jun 2020, 11:42

Hello all,

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.

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Kate Sim Post 22 in reply to 21

7 Jun 2020, 09:25

Hello Lucy.  It is good to see a graduate coming back and well done on that First!!  I hope this course helps you see how this works from the other side.

Kate

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Tamara Lopez Post 23 in reply to 1

7 Jun 2020, 20:54

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. 

While I 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.

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Jenny Bakkali Post 25 in reply to 23

8 Jun 2020, 10:33

Hi Tamara,

Welcome to the course and the forum. It is interesting to hear about your journey to this point, and I hope this course on tutoring at the OU helps you with your wish to support students in their learning.

Jenny  


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Brian Morton Post 24 in reply to 1

7 Jun 2020, 21:00

What do I want from this course

I actually want people to develop skills, I think it is a must in society that the student always learns more than the tutor, otherwise there is no progress. In my view it is fundamental that teachers pass on as much information as possible so that students can have the ability to learn and find out more.
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.
Brian
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Kate Sim Post 26 in reply to 24

8 Jun 2020, 11:50

I like that and if you do tutor at Level 1, you will be doing a lot of that.  As our students don't need any prior qualifications, we can spend a lot of time working on study skills in the first couple of years.

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Pauline Hewgill Post 27 in reply to 1

9 Jun 2020, 11:43

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
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Jenny Bakkali Post 29 in reply to 27

9 Jun 2020, 17:48

Hi Pauline, and welcome to the course and the forum. It is good to hear you have applied for a couple of modules. I hope the course answers some of your questions - if not just post a question on the forum.

Jenny

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Jacqueline Jones Post 28 in reply to 1

9 Jun 2020, 11:59

Hi

Having just completed an MSc with the OU, it has been suggested that I apply for a part-time tutor position and that this course would be useful for me to aid my application.

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Jenny Bakkali Post 30 in reply to 28

9 Jun 2020, 17:51

Hi Jacqueline,

Congrats on completing your MSc and good to see you here. Hope the course is useful for you. Let us know if you have any additional questions about the tutor role.

Jenny 

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Adrian Hehir Post 31 in reply to 1

9 Jun 2020, 17:56

Hello,

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.

Adrian



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Jenny Bakkali Post 32 in reply to 31

9 Jun 2020, 18:01

Hi Adrian,

Good to see you here and I hope the course gives you a good insight to the role of a tutor at the OU and helps you work out what's next. Please post on the forum if you have questions that are not answered in the course.

Jenny 

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Jerry Tomlinson Post 33 in reply to 1

10 Jun 2020, 10:36

Introduction

Hi, 

Just started the "Being an OU Tutor in STEM: Computing and Communications" course.

Very interested particularly in the Computing/IT side.

I will be applying for a TT284 role before June 18th.

I wish everyone well in these difficult and trying times. 

Jerry.   

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Kate Sim Post 34 in reply to 33

10 Jun 2020, 14:34

Hi Jerry,

Good to see you here.  I hope you find the course useful,

Kate

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Emmanuel Isibor Post 35 in reply to 1

12 Jun 2020, 11:10

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.  


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Jenny Bakkali Post 37 in reply to 35

12 Jun 2020, 21:56

Hi Emmanuel, 

Welcome to the course and forum.  

I hope the course gives you the insight you are after.

Jenny

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Emmanuel Isibor Post 39 in reply to 37

13 Jun 2020, 10:34

Hi Jenny,

Thank you so very much.

Emmanuel

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Marcus Young Post 36 in reply to 1

12 Jun 2020, 12:35

Hi

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.

Marcus

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Jenny Bakkali Post 38 in reply to 36

12 Jun 2020, 22:03

Hi Marcus,

Welcome to the course and forum. 

I hope the course allows you to see what the tutor role is like at the OU.

Please post on the forum if you have any unanswered questions.

Jenny


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Greg O'Connell Post 40 in reply to 1

14 Jun 2020, 10:44

Intrduction

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.

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Jenny Bakkali Post 41 in reply to 40

14 Jun 2020, 17:45

Hi Greg, 

Welcome to the course and forum, and I hope the course is useful for you. 

Please post on the forum if you have any unanswered questions.

Jenny

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Quentin McPhee Post 42 in reply to 1

16 Jun 2020, 14:26

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.

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Kate Sim Post 45 in reply to 42

17 Jun 2020, 14:56

Quentin,  I'm glad to hear you enjoy training.  I have been involved with training and usually enjoy it too.  As you work through this course, I think you will find that being an OU tutor is a very different job, but equally rewarding.

Kate

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Sarah Green Post 43 in reply to 1

17 Jun 2020, 10:24

Hi everyone,

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.



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Kate Sim Post 44 in reply to 43

17 Jun 2020, 14:51

Welcome Sarah,

Well you definitely don't need a PhD or I wouldn't be here!!  I'm glad you spoke to the other advisor and hope you find this course gives you more insights into being a tutor.

Kate

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Michael Liedl Post 46 in reply to 1

19 Jun 2020, 15:23

- 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

PS

" 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!



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Nigel Gibson Post 47 in reply to 46

19 Jun 2020, 16:00

BeeHi Michael, Welcome to the forum and thanks for posting such an interesting intro. Being in exile doesn't necessarily mean that it's bad - one is in exile if living away from one's native home through voluntary absence :-)

Nigel

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Colin Jenkins Post 48 in reply to 1

20 Jun 2020, 16:11

Hi All,

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! 

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Jenny Bakkali Post 49 in reply to 48

21 Jun 2020, 09:40

Hi Colin,

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.

Jenny

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Raj Seepersad Post 50 in reply to 1

26 Jun 2020, 13:04

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. 

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Kate Sim Post 51 in reply to 50

27 Jun 2020, 09:02

Hello Raj,

I'm glad you are a fan of the OU.  What do you hope to get from this course?

Kate - one of the mods

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Graham Smith Post 52 in reply to 1

30 Jun 2020, 23:57

Hello all,

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.

Regards

Graham

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Jenny Bakkali Post 53 in reply to 52

1 Jul 2020, 17:05

Hi Graham,

Good to see you here, and great to hear you had some fantastic tutors whilst studying at the OU.

I hope the course gives you the insight you're after.

Feel free to post any unanswered questions you might have on the forum.

Jenny 

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Kacey C Post 54 in reply to 1

6 Jul 2020, 15:10

Hi

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.

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Jenny Bakkali Post 55 in reply to 54

9 Jul 2020, 10:03

Hi Kacey,

Great to see another student here and aspiring tutor!

I hope the course gives you the insight you are after.

Please post any unanswered questions you may have.

Jenny 

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Toni Walton Post 56 in reply to 1

9 Jul 2020, 11:07

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. 

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Nigel Gibson Post 57 in reply to 56

9 Jul 2020, 11:29

Hiya Toni, It's great to see you here. I think I was also your mentor when you started as a tutor? It'll be interesting to see what changes you spot - those of us who haven't had a break might not see the same things

Nigel

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Toni Walton Post 58 in reply to 57

9 Jul 2020, 11:51

Ahhh yes you were my mentor too, so I can blame you for everything then :)  

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Kate Sim Post 59 in reply to 58

9 Jul 2020, 12:44 Edited by the author on 9 Jul 2020, 12:44
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Gail Ollis Post 60 in reply to 1

9 Jul 2020, 13:14 Edited by the author on 9 Jul 2020, 13:16

Is this for me?

Hi,

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!

Gail

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Kate Sim Post 61 in reply to 60

10 Jul 2020, 10:19

Hi Gail,

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.

Kate


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Gail Ollis Post 77 in reply to 61

9 Aug 2020, 15:16

Thanks Kate :-) I had a STEM career that I paused to take an OU Psychology degree. I've since taught programming and cyberpsychology and done research that combines my skills. I'm looking to continue my teaching career as a tutor in STEM.

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Maciej Modzelewski Post 62 in reply to 1

12 Jul 2020, 08:00

Hi everyone,

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).

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Kate Sim Post 63 in reply to 62

12 Jul 2020, 08:54

Hi Maciej,

It is good to have another student wanting to give back to the OU.  I hope you find this course useful.

Kate

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Chris Thomson Post 64 in reply to 62

13 Jul 2020, 08:38

Hi Maciej

When we appoint tutors we want the best candidate for the job, whatever your background. All candidates who have the right to work in the UK are considered based on their relevant teaching and subject experience.  

Chris

Ian Cochrane

Ian Cochrane Post 65 in reply to 1

14 Jul 2020, 20:22
I have 18 years of lecturing experience in Scottish further education. Most of the time was spent in the classroom/computer lab with a couple of dozen students, only occasionally supporting a distance learning student.

I expect this pandemic will drive even more people towards the OU model of delivery, learning from the comfort and safety of their own home. And will bring a requirement for additional pastoral care from ALs and student services.

During my time in FE, the motivation was to help prepare individuals for the workplace and ensure they acquired the skills that employers were looking for.

I hope this course will direct me towards improving the skills that I need to assist distance learning students with their education.
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Jenny Bakkali Post 66 in reply to 65

15 Jul 2020, 14:48

Hi Ian,

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.

Jenny 

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Geraldine Lennon Post 67 in reply to 1

21 Jul 2020, 11:42

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.

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Jenny Bakkali Post 68 in reply to 67

21 Jul 2020, 16:46

Hi Geraldine

Welcome to the course and the forum, great to have another student here.

Hope you enjoy the course, and good luck with your studies.

Jenny


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Alison Jenner Post 69 in reply to 1

21 Jul 2020, 22:09

Hi

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!.

Alison

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Kate Sim Post 70 in reply to 69

21 Jul 2020, 22:23

Hi Alison,

Welcome.  Great to hear you have been inspired by some great tutors.  I hope this course helps you with the other job application too.

:-)

Kate


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John Jamieson Post 71 in reply to 70

22 Jul 2020, 13:03

Hello

I'm a tutor with over 30 years experience in STEM subjects largely in the FE and undergraduate sector.  I'm so old I remember C when it was B, and an 8 bit processor was state of the art.

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Jenny Bakkali Post 72 in reply to 71

22 Jul 2020, 15:18

Hi John,

Welcome to the course and the forum.

It’ll be interesting to read your posts on the different topics given your experience.

Hope you enjoy the course.

Jenny

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Jonathan Hopkins Post 73 in reply to 1

27 Jul 2020, 19:51

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.

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Kate Sim Post 74 in reply to 73

28 Jul 2020, 08:50

Hi Jonathan,

An interesting introduction. I hope you find what you want here.  Do remember you can always ask questions in the forum if you would like to know more.

Kate

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Martin Hillson Post 75 in reply to 1

3 Aug 2020, 10:36 Edited by the author on 3 Aug 2020, 10:40

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.

My background is as a Software Engineer, which I've been involved in since the early 1980s. In my day you could get in with some O levels and a part-time HND and I was lucky to be picked up as an apprentice by an electronics company building controllers for industrial processes. After some years microprogramming all sorts of home-spun motherboards, I graduated to working in UNIX kernel and device drivers, mainly in C and thence to C++. In the early 90s I went freelance, falling into roles in the investment banking industry, adding loads of SQL database work to my C++. At this point I felt the lack of a professional qualification and started my relationship with the OU. With my HND and experience I was lucky to be accepted on the postgrad programme and graduated with the MSc 'Computing for Commerce and Industry' in 1999. Nowadays I work largely on cloud based platforms, using Java, Javascript, Python, C++, as fits clients' needs. I'm an Oracle certified Java 11 dev as well as accredited with Amazon as a cloud architect.

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!

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Jenny Bakkali Post 76 in reply to 75

3 Aug 2020, 13:58

Hi Martin,

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.

Jenny 

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Thomas Briggs Post 78 in reply to 1

14 Aug 2020, 17:53

Hello!

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!


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Kate Sim Post 79 in reply to 78

15 Aug 2020, 07:41

Hi Tom,

I'm sorry you didn't hear back about your previous application, but I'm glad you have come back to this course.  Hope you enjoy your MA.

Kate

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Nigel Gibson Post 80 in reply to 78

15 Aug 2020, 09:31

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

Nigel

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Bill Tarpy Post 81 in reply to 1

25 Aug 2020, 12:12

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.



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Nigel Gibson Post 82 in reply to 81

25 Aug 2020, 12:38

Thumbs upWelcome along Bill - the "proper" moderators will be along shortly but I wanted to say hello because we've spoken :-)

Nigel

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Jenny Bakkali Post 83 in reply to 81

25 Aug 2020, 14:20

Hi Bill

Good to see you here. Hope the course gives you the insight you are after and you find a use for those IT skills.

Please post on the forum if you have any unanswered questions.

Jenny (A proper moderator!)

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Elaine Hillson Post 84 in reply to 1

2 Sep 2020, 14:31

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.

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Kate Sim Post 85 in reply to 84

2 Sep 2020, 14:45

Hi Elaine,

Welcome to our little course on tutoring.  I hope you find it useful and feel free to ask if you have any questions.

Kate

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Deborah Thompson Post 86 in reply to 1

10 Sep 2020, 10:23

 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.

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Kate Sim Post 87 in reply to 86

10 Sep 2020, 10:36

I think this needs to be a welcome back, rather than hello.  I hope you find the course useful and remember to get back to us if you have any questions.

:-)

Kate

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Astrid Coppock Post 88 in reply to 1

10 Sep 2020, 11:14

Hi all,

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. 

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Kate Sim Post 89 in reply to 88

10 Sep 2020, 11:24

Hello Astrid,

Well the Computing specific parts may not help, but the generic sections on tutoring should give you a taste of life as a tutor.

Enjoy your study,

Kate

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Petra Wolf Post 90 in reply to 1

17 Sep 2020, 14:22

Hi 

I did my initial degree at the mature age of 44 with the OU and have become a huge fan. I have also been working in Technology most of my life so would like to combine the two and support others on their journey.

Kind regards

Petra

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Kate Sim Post 91 in reply to 90

18 Sep 2020, 10:43

Hi Petra,

Welcome back.  I hope your find the course useful.  Do ask if you have any questions while working though this.

Kate

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Nicholas Hall Post 92 in reply to 1

21 Sep 2020, 20:20

Hi!

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.  

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Kate Sim Post 93 in reply to 92

21 Sep 2020, 22:09

Hi Nicholas,

I'm moving this to the introductions thread, where we are collecting all the new students together.

I hope you find the course interesting and useful.  Do get back to us if you have any questions.

Kate - one of the moderators

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Theresa Schrem Post 94 in reply to 1

8 Oct 2020, 14:28

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Hello everyone,

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?



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Jenny Bakkali Post 95 in reply to 94

9 Oct 2020, 15:57

Hi Theresa

Welcome to the course and the forum. Seems you already have quite a connection with the OU! Hope you enjoy this course too.

Jenny


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Silvia Varagnolo Post 96 in reply to 1

15 Oct 2020, 17:38

I am a recent member of STEM at E&I and I would like to try an OU course as a student and at the same time learn a bit more about the role of tutors at The OU.

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Jenny Bakkali Post 97 in reply to 96

15 Oct 2020, 20:15

Hi Silvia

Welcome to the forum and course and I hope you enjoy it and get a good insight into a tutors' role.

Good luck with your studies too!

Jenny 

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Gopi Garge Post 98 in reply to 1

16 Nov 2020, 17:55

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!?

Cheers,

Gopi


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Kate Sim Post 99 in reply to 98

17 Nov 2020, 08:13

Hi Gopi,

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.

Kate

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Gopi Garge Post 102 in reply to 99

18 Nov 2020, 17:15

Hi Kate,

Thanks!

I've just about gone through Part One of the course and beginning to understand what OU is all about. It is truly amazing - the purpose, the institution, and the service!

Yes, I will have my questions to my tutors, as soon as I have them.

Gopi

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Nigel Gibson Post 101 in reply to 98

17 Nov 2020, 15:32

"my interest to see what it would take to front-end with students, online"

I'm not sure that we're allowed to front-end students at the moment..............

Nigel

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Gopi Garge Post 104 in reply to 101

18 Nov 2020, 17:20

Nigel,

Thanks, and yes I understand that is not possible.

I am expecting to see something like "a day in the life of a STEM tutor at OU" story/video, as part of this course, probably towards the end.

I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Gopi 

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Dhouha Kbaier Post 100 in reply to 1

17 Nov 2020, 14:29 Edited by the author on 17 Nov 2020, 14:30

Hello,

I have joined the OU recently and I would like to apply for a tutor vacancy. Therefore, I would like to know more about the role of a tutor at the OU before applying for any vacancy.

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Jenny Bakkali Post 103 in reply to 100

18 Nov 2020, 17:19

Hi Dhouha,

Good to see you here and I hope this course gives you a good insight into being a tutor. 

Please post on the forum if you have further questions.

Jenny


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Liz Geraghty Post 105 in reply to 1

9 Dec 2020, 19:45

Hi

A friend who works for the OU suggested I might be interested. I'm hoping to find out more about the role - and whether I might suit it.

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Kate Sim Post 106 in reply to 105

10 Dec 2020, 07:38

Hi Liz,

Welcome, I hope you find the course useful. We are here in the forum if you have any questions.

Kate


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Kevin Frost Post 107 in reply to 1

18 Dec 2020, 22:06

Another ex-student!

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. 

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Jenny Bakkali Post 108 in reply to 107

19 Dec 2020, 22:32

Hi Kevin, 

Welcome back! Hope you enjoy learning about being a tutor.

Feel free to post any unanswered questions on the forum. 

Jenny

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John Marshall Post 109 in reply to 1

18 Jan 2021, 22:11

Hi, I am another long time OU student. I have just been appointed as an AL for TM129 and was recommended this course by the module chair. I am hoping to get some further insight into the AL role before I dive in, in a couple of weeks.

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Kate Sim Post 110 in reply to 109

19 Jan 2021, 07:55

Hi John,

Welcome to this course and congratulations on your appointment as a TM129 tutor.  Do feel free to ask questions in here if you have any as you work through the module.

Kate - also a TM129 tutor

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Amanda Cambridge Post 111 in reply to 1

20 Mar 2021, 10:40

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.

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Kate Sim Post 112 in reply to 111

21 Mar 2021, 10:53

Hi Amanda,

Welcome to the course and I hope you find it useful.  Also congratulations for surviving as a teacher in the last year, I know it hasn't been easy.

Kate

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Bernadette Vella Post 113 in reply to 1

13 Apr 2021, 17:43

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.     

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Kate Sim Post 114 in reply to 113

13 Apr 2021, 19:46

Hi Bernadette,

Welcome to the course, I hope you find is useful.  Here's to your boss being right and you joining us soon.

Feel free to ask any questions you have in the forum and we will try to come up with answers for you,

Kate - one of the mods

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Tony Sheppard Post 115 in reply to 1

7 May 2021, 12:31

Found the link shared by a long time contact and peer, Ken Wagner. I've been an OU student before with varied success and interested in how ALs do things. Looking forward to the course.

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Kate Sim Post 116 in reply to 115

7 May 2021, 15:02

Hi Tony,

Lovely to see you here.  Hope you enjoy the course and maybe consider tutoring afterwards.  

:-)

Kate

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Richard Dutton Post 117 in reply to 1

7 Jun 2021, 12:28

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.


Rich

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Kate Sim Post 118 in reply to 117

7 Jun 2021, 12:41

Hi Rich,

Welcome.  I hope you find it useful,

Kate

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Irum Rauf Post 119 in reply to 1

8 Jun 2021, 09:00

Hi all,

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.


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Jenny Bakkali Post 120 in reply to 119

8 Jun 2021, 15:43

Hi Irum,

Welcome to the forum and good to hear that you enjoyed tutoring on TM129. Hope you enjoy this course too.

Jenny

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Amanda Williams Post 121 in reply to 1

11 Jun 2021, 10:21

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. 

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Kate Sim Post 122 in reply to 121

11 Jun 2021, 13:57

Hi Amanda,

Welcome to the course.  I hope you find it useful.

Kate

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Fiona Baxter Post 123 in reply to 1

11 Jun 2021, 15:09

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 :) 

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Jenny Bakkali Post 124 in reply to 123

11 Jun 2021, 16:08

Hi Fiona,

Welcome to the forum and I hope the course gives you a good insight to being an OU tutor and helps you with your application.

Jenny 

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Julie Wales Post 125 in reply to 1

21 Jun 2021, 10:23
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. 



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Kate Sim Post 126 in reply to 125

22 Jun 2021, 09:30

Hi Julie,

Welcome back. I hope you find this informative.  Do get back to us if you have any questions.

:-)

Kate

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Paul Leyland Post 127 in reply to 1

23 Jun 2021, 08:27

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. 

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Jenny Bakkali Post 129 in reply to 127

23 Jun 2021, 11:12

Hi Paul,

Congrats on your MBA, and I hope you find this course interesting and enjoyable too.

Please post on the forum if you have any questions.

Jenny 

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Paul Leyland Post 128 in reply to 1

23 Jun 2021, 08:35

I think the OU has been a great innovator in distance learning, and has enabled many who would not have easy access to mainstream higher education to do so.


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Mark Yule Post 130 in reply to 1

23 Jun 2021, 20:43

Hello all!

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

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Jenny Bakkali Post 133 in reply to 130

25 Jun 2021, 00:46

Hi Mark

Welcome to the forum. I hope you enjoy this course, and good luck with your degree course.

Jenny

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Michael Coggins-Lunt Post 131 in reply to 1

24 Jun 2021, 11:54

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.

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Jenny Bakkali Post 132 in reply to 131

25 Jun 2021, 00:40

Hi Michael, 

Welcome back to the OU - hope you find this course useful.

Please post on the forum if you have any questions.

Jenny 

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Olusegun Fawole Post 134 in reply to 1

1 Jul 2021, 11:40

I am trying to understand the role of an AL as it relates to the OU. After this course, I should be able to make up my mind if the role suits my goals and aspirations. Fingers crossed!

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Jenny Bakkali Post 135 in reply to 134

2 Jul 2021, 12:30

Hi Olusegun,

Welcome to the forum and I hope the course gives you lots of insight into being a tutor.

Jenny 

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Elena Sanchez-Heras Post 136 in reply to 1

4 Jul 2021, 13:21

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.

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Kate Sim Post 137 in reply to 136

5 Jul 2021, 08:47

Welcome Elena,

I hope you find this useful and do ask any question you have.

:-)

Kate

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Charlotte Jukes Post 138 in reply to 1

5 Jul 2021, 11:32

Hello! 

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. 

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Jenny Bakkali Post 139 in reply to 138

5 Jul 2021, 13:04

Hi Charlotte,

Welcome to the forum and I hope you find this course useful. 

Please post on the forum if you have any questions. 

Good luck with your interview and your Master’s.

Jenny

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Ann Kretzschmar Post 140 in reply to 1

5 Jul 2021, 17:26

I am thinking about applying to be an OU tutor. I hope this course will tell me what is involved.

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Kate Sim Post 141 in reply to 140

6 Jul 2021, 09:33

Welcome Ann,

Hopefully it does, but do ask if you still have questions.

Kate - one of the mods


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Stephen Butler Post 142 in reply to 1

13 Jul 2021, 16:27

Hi all,

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.

S.

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Kate Sim Post 143 in reply to 142

14 Jul 2021, 07:47

Hi Stephen,

It sounds as though you have a broad knowledge of STEM areas.  

I hope you find the course useful and remember we are here to answer any questions you may have.

Enjoy

Kate

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Charlotte O'Leary Post 144 in reply to 1

20 Jul 2021, 14:31

Hello All

I'm applying to be an AL and would like to learn more about the role to see if I meet the requirements. It sounds like such an interesting job with great flexibility and opportunities. 🤞

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Kate Sim Post 145 in reply to 144

20 Jul 2021, 16:51

Hi Charlotte,

I hope you find this useful.  Do come back and ask if you have any questions after working through the course.

Kate

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Samantha Lubbe Post 146 in reply to 1

21 Jul 2021, 08:02

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.


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Jenny Bakkali Post 147 in reply to 146

21 Jul 2021, 12:48

Hi Samantha

Hope you enjoy the course and it gives you plenty of insight to help with that decision

Jenny

n.b. I'll just this to the intro thread

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Natasha Crellin Post 148 in reply to 1

24 Jul 2021, 19:43

Well thought out

It feels like this is a well thought out piece of learning. I am looking forward to finding out more details about teaching through the OU.

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Kate Sim Post 149 in reply to 148

25 Jul 2021, 14:18

Thanks Natasha, I will pass that on to the authors.  I hope you find it useful.

Do get back to us if you have any questions.

Kate

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Sandra Clarke Post 150 in reply to 1

28 Jul 2021, 15:49

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......

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Kate Sim Post 151 in reply to 150

28 Jul 2021, 16:20

Hello Sandra,

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.

:-)

Kate

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Kate Blackham Post 152 (unread) in reply to 1

7 Aug 2021, 16:06

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.

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Jenny Bakkali Post 153 (unread) in reply to 152

8 Aug 2021, 17:16
Hi Kate, Congrats on being appointable and I hope you find this course useful. Please post on the forum if you have any questions. Jenny
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Richard Collins Post 154 (unread) in reply to 1

13 Aug 2021, 17:35

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. :)

Ta,

Richard.

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Jenny Bakkali Post 156 (unread) in reply to 154

14 Aug 2021, 19:33

Hi Richard, 

Welcome to the forum and I hope the course helps answer your questions.

Good luck with your masters too.

Jenny

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Robert Stocks Post 155 (unread) in reply to 1

13 Aug 2021, 19:06

OU tutoring

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 

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Jenny Bakkali Post 157 (unread) in reply to 155

14 Aug 2021, 19:36

Hi Robert,

Welcome to the forum and I hope the course gives you the insight you are looking for.

Please post on the forum if you have questions.

Jenny

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