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Post 1

18 May 2020, 11:53 Edited by the author on 18 May 2020, 19:58

Section 3, Activity 1

OpenThis thread is for section 3, activity 1

This activity invites you to compare your current work with the "Supported open learning" principles. These are:

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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Shane Ogilvie Post 2 (summarised) in reply to 1

4 Jun 2020, 10:46
I am comfortable with giving advice according to my expertise, whether that...
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Pauline Hewgill Post 15 (summarised) in reply to 2

11 Jun 2020, 19:10
I agree it would help a lot to have been a distance learner yourself.
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Duncan Hall Post 3 (summarised) in reply to 1

5 Jun 2020, 15:25
I do not work in an educational setting but feel pretty comfortable with...
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Tamara Lopez Post 5 (summarised) in reply to 3

8 Jun 2020, 21:10
Hi Duncan, I like the way you highlight the importance of focusing on both...
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Jacqueline Jones Post 9 (summarised) in reply to 3

9 Jun 2020, 15:06
Hi Duncan I agree there are links between the world of study and learning ...
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Adrian Hehir Post 11 (summarised) in reply to 9

11 Jun 2020, 15:04
I like the idea of team fun, a module related team quiz, with a number of...
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Marcus Young Post 19 (summarised) in reply to 11

12 Jun 2020, 20:58
That's a great idea!
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Lucy Gillett Post 4 (summarised) in reply to 1

8 Jun 2020, 20:54
I don't work in an educational setting myself, in my previous career I would...
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Tamara Lopez Post 7 (summarised) in reply to 4

8 Jun 2020, 21:18
Hi Lucy,  Yes, these principles really have come to the fore in the current...
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Lucy Gillett Post 13 (summarised) in reply to 7

11 Jun 2020, 17:03
Hi Tamara :) very much so, so much change and parts of it I am sure will be...
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Pauline Hewgill Post 16 (summarised) in reply to 4

11 Jun 2020, 19:13
My experience is the same, it's the flexibility that is less appropriate when...
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Tamara Lopez Post 6 (summarised) in reply to 1

8 Jun 2020, 21:16
Like Duncan, I haven't ever worked as an educator, but I found in my...
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Michael Liedl Post 29 (summarised) in reply to 6

26 Jun 2020, 22:08
I really  appreciate your task in assisting students find additional...
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Jacqueline Jones Post 8 (summarised) in reply to 1

9 Jun 2020, 15:01
I work in education and I always try to ensure my students have the necessary...
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Adrian Hehir Post 12 (summarised) in reply to 8

11 Jun 2020, 15:17
I like the idea that the high quality module material has been created...
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Marcus Young Post 20 (summarised) in reply to 12

12 Jun 2020, 21:02
I agree, being able to bring your own material to a tutorial is important....
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Ian Cochrane Post 39 (summarised) in reply to 12

18 Jul 2020, 11:51
Absolutely agree. Tutors must have the flexibility be able to develop their...
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Theresa Schrem Post 46 (summarised) in reply to 8

9 Oct 2020, 08:59
I also work in Education (secondary school). I agree that feedback, both...
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Adrian Hehir Post 10 (summarised) in reply to 1

11 Jun 2020, 14:59
In a recent role outside of education, during this current Covid 19 lock down...
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Silvia Varagnolo Post 50 (summarised) in reply to 10

19 Oct 2020, 21:12
Hi Adrian, I think you rised an interesting point. Due to the COVID...
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Pauline Hewgill Post 14 (summarised) in reply to 1

11 Jun 2020, 19:09 Edited by the author on 11 Jun 2020, 19:17
I'm currently teaching sixth formers so some of the principles are the same...
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Ben Pike Post 17 (summarised) in reply to 1

12 Jun 2020, 13:46
I work in the engineering sector, not in education, but I am fairly...
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Marcus Young Post 18 (summarised) in reply to 1

12 Jun 2020, 20:55
I currently work as a tutor for a distance learning course run by another...
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Michael Liedl Post 30 (summarised) in reply to 18

26 Jun 2020, 22:25
I cannot but sympathise with Marcus in the issue one finds with online...
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Ian Cochrane Post 38 (summarised) in reply to 18

18 Jul 2020, 11:48
That's a great insight into current delivery practice and issues that exist...
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Quentin McPhee Post 21 (summarised) in reply to 1

16 Jun 2020, 10:49
I'm currently delivering commercial training course, typically 3 days in...
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Jenny Bakkali Post 22 (summarised) in reply to 21

16 Jun 2020, 12:36
Hi Quentin, Welcome to the course and the forum, and good to see you've...
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Quentin McPhee Post 23 (summarised) in reply to 22

16 Jun 2020, 14:55
Sure thing Jenny - I've popped a quick intro into Section 1.
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Colin Jenkins Post 24 (summarised) in reply to 1

22 Jun 2020, 16:56
I don't work in an education environment but I have had opportunity to...
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Rod Gliven Post 37 (summarised) in reply to 24

12 Jul 2020, 22:44
People having different learning styles and approaches: some prefer the...
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Gaby Lama Post 25 (summarised) in reply to 1

23 Jun 2020, 02:58
During my undergraduate studies with the OU, I have enjoyed the flexibility...
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Kate Sim Post 26 (summarised) in reply to 25

23 Jun 2020, 06:47
Hi Gaby, good to see another OU student in here.  Can I ask you to introduce...
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Rod Gliven Post 36 (summarised) in reply to 25

12 Jul 2020, 22:39
Flexibility is certainly a requirement, as one never know when  someone will...
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Anna Pietrzak Post 27 (summarised) in reply to 1

24 Jun 2020, 12:17
My organisation offer distance learning and blended learning, my students...
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Michael Liedl Post 28 (summarised) in reply to 1

26 Jun 2020, 22:02
As an OU, graduate and undergraduate, student over the last 25 years, I have...
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Rachael Luck Post 31 (summarised) in reply to 1

4 Jul 2020, 15:17

Activity 1 supported open learning

 At present not a tutor or any modules....
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Graham Smith Post 32 (summarised) in reply to 1

7 Jul 2020, 23:14
Hello all, (sorry it's a bit wordy) I have not worked in education, however...
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Toni Walton Post 33 (summarised) in reply to 1

9 Jul 2020, 11:23
I am a secondary school teacher for GCSE and A level students so already...
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Manoj Nanda Post 34 (summarised) in reply to 1

10 Jul 2020, 17:28

S3 Activity 1

 My current work is presently underpinned by supported open...
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Rod Gliven Post 35 (summarised) in reply to 1

12 Jul 2020, 22:36
I believe the key element is approachability... If a student gains sufficient...
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Silvia Varagnolo Post 49 (summarised) in reply to 35

19 Oct 2020, 21:06
Hi Rod, I agree with you: approachability is a fundamental element for tutors...
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Ian Cochrane Post 40 (summarised) in reply to 1

18 Jul 2020, 12:17
When lecturing in FE, I always maintained an "open Door" approach - if I...
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John Jamieson Post 41 (summarised) in reply to 40

22 Jul 2020, 14:53
No issues here, Its all about identifying the students needs and taking the...
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Martin Hillson Post 42 (summarised) in reply to 1

6 Aug 2020, 15:44 Edited by the author on 6 Aug 2020, 15:44
I'm not surrently in a teaching environment as such, although I do mentor...
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Raj Seepersad Post 43 (summarised) in reply to 1

7 Aug 2020, 22:10

Supporting Open Learning

 Part 3 Activity 1: Principles applied to current...
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Bill Tarpy Post 44 (summarised) in reply to 1

26 Aug 2020, 16:57
Not working in education I at first struggled to think where at work I've...
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Petra Wolf Post 45 (summarised) in reply to 1

20 Sep 2020, 18:03
I do not work in the education sector but manage a large team of software...
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Theresa Schrem Post 47 (summarised) in reply to 1

9 Oct 2020, 09:11
I have taken part in distance learning myself to complete CPD courses offered...
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Silvia Varagnolo Post 48 (summarised) in reply to 1

19 Oct 2020, 19:53
In the teaching activities I have delivered so far I met the principles of...
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Kussar Khan Post 51 in reply to 1

27 Oct 2020, 19:30

I have worked in the private sector as a trainer and computer science practitioner, but currently work at a state school.  I have used all the supported open learning principles and have seen the importance of applying them in practice.  I have myself been a distance learner and worked flexibly around work and family commitments and know how important it is to be aware of the wider issues that students face when they are studying.  I wouldn't be able to pick out one of the principles as being more important than the other as all of them are necessary to provide support not just to distance learners but all learners.

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Dhouha Kbaier Post 52 (summarised) in reply to 51

25 Nov 2020, 12:58
From my face-to-face experience, I focus on inclusive teaching and learning...
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Elena Sanchez-Heras Post 62 (unread) in reply to 51

5 Jul 2021, 18:16

Totally agree: not one principle is more important than the other. All four principles provide the support in equally measure.

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Kevin Frost Post 53 in reply to 1

26 Dec 2020, 19:09 Edited by the author on 26 Dec 2020, 19:09

As a school treachers teaching years 1 to 13 I find some of the approaches familiar, even if implementations would be a little different, and some aspscts not so familiar.

Flexible – My students have a fixes timetable with me in class, aside from homework where and when they do the learning is not up to them.

All-inclusive – my studnts are given materials or directed to them at least so this aspect is not too different.

Supportive – Primarily I run timetabled classes, but there would normally be opportunities to give individual and group help for thoise that want /need it. My advice might also extend beyond advice about what I am teaching them. There are strict rules around safeguarding however that may impose imotation on this and require me to refer on to a designated authority in come circumstances.

Social – In this, it will be fairly similar, although school age students getting together outside of class are probably less likely to be sytudy focussed. My ability to have any involvement in this is severely limited due to safeguarding concerns.


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Amanda Williams Post 56 (unread) in reply to 53

11 Jun 2021, 12:37

I completely agree with you.  I think much of this we do as part of our job every day, and probably don't even think about it.

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Sian Armstrong-Hollins Post 54 in reply to 1

18 May 2021, 20:53

Throughout my experience of teaching I have enjoyed the different aspects of open learning described.

Students, even in a traditional HE setting, or in schools (both of which I have taught in) often require a flexible approach to learning; learners have different backgrounds and requirements with regard to their learning needs.

As such an all inclusive approach, with the support from tutors that can be tailored to their needs is ideal. The support from other tutors for the tutors themselves is essential. Moderation of feedback and marking will ensure a uniform fairness to a personalised approach. 

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Fiona Baxter Post 58 (unread) in reply to 54

22 Jun 2021, 11:54

I agree, it is paramount to support all learning needs and having a dedicated support service for this is essential, as a tutor may not have all the answers. 

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Amanda Williams Post 55 (unread) in reply to 1

11 Jun 2021, 12:35

I have always had a flexible approach as not everyone has the same home life/working conditions.  To make sure that students attain the best they can, it has to fit in with their lifestyle.  Supportive, not everyone works in the same way and it takes a bit of time for some students to 'click'.  It can come down to lack of confidence and not knowing what to do  and when.  Students don't always need academic support, it can be how to balance life and studying.  We are social animals and we need to have contact with each other to relax and enjoy ourselves.  This helps our wellbeing and we then build an infinity with each other.

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Fiona Baxter Post 57 (unread) in reply to 55

22 Jun 2021, 11:51

You are so right, it is an essential part of the process to learn from peers and be enriched by diverse experiences.

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Fiona Baxter Post 59 (unread) in reply to 1

22 Jun 2021, 12:11

I currently tutor and assess on a freelance basis, so flexibility for venues / dates / times around life's many commitments is core to my current work. I could be running a group tutorial, arranging a 1-1 meeting, corresponding with feedback / info / guidance via email or supporting on a forum with resources and assessment. I may be in a classroom, a workplace, or online via Zoom. Day schools and study groups are not something I currently work with, as my learner groups tend to be small and local anyway. As a freelancer, I don't tend to have direct connections with wider support services of organisations I work with, although I'd refer to any direct line manager when required.

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Michael Coggins-Lunt Post 60 (unread) in reply to 1

24 Jun 2021, 13:05

Flexible – students work where and when they choose, to fit in with jobs, families and other commitments.

I fully understand the flexible model and even though I have studied a full time course this year for ITE I still use the principles of flexible working to ensure I can manage my life around the work load.

All-inclusive – students get all the high-quality materials they need to study

My roles at my placement schools have shown me that some educators are require to design and create their on materials and Schemes of Work. An OU role would eliminate the pressure from this with its all inclusive model. Granting an AL an excellent base to begin for making any modifications to help learners with additional needs.

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

I am already comfortable giving supportive and professional feedback.

Social – students get together at tutorials, day schools and informal study groups; and through online conferencing, study networks and module forums

As a trainee teacher I have developed and practised the many social roles a tutor and teacher needs to take on and have become comfortable delivering material, assisting when questions arise and taking an interest in my students lives beyond the school. 
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Elena Sanchez-Heras Post 61 (unread) in reply to 1

5 Jul 2021, 18:13

The students that come to do their final year projects in our laboratory are provided with all the literature and laboratory material necessary for their project (all-inclusive). They are  supported, not only by their supervisor, but by all the colleagues in our lab and wider in the research institute (supportive).

Attending seminars and talks is part of any researcher's life and students and students are expected to attend them too, where they acquire skills like critical thinking, feedback giving (social).


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Charlotte Jukes Post 63 (unread) in reply to 1

6 Jul 2021, 13:01

I do already very much support these principles - I think some of them become even more important when distance learning. 

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