Flexible – students work where and when they choose, to fit in with jobs, families and other commitments
All-inclusive – students get all the high-quality materials they need to study
Supportive – personal tutors provide academic expertise, guidance and feedback and run group tutorials; and specialist advisers are on hand to help with other aspects of OU study
Social – students get together at tutorials, day schools and informal study groups; and through online conferencing, study networks and module forums
Do you already follow any of the principles?
Are there any aspects which you do not currently adopt? This might be because of the nature of the learners you work with or other reasons.
These are examples of the type of posts we might expect to see:
"My current work includes offering academic advice and feedback - I feel comfortable with this"
"My college provides most of the study materials or directs students to particular resources. My students often have work and family commitments but we have fixed contact-times where they have to attend"
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