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David McDade Post 1

18 May 2020, 13:23 Edited by the author on 19 May 2020, 15:25

Section 2, Activity 1

This thread is for section 2, activity 1 Dinos

Think about the ‘traditional’ role of a face-to-face teacher. In what ways do you think working as a tutor would differ from this role?

These are examples of the types of posts we might expect to see:

"There is reduced face-to-face contact and so there is the danger of students feeling isolated.

"Identifying the needs of students is not as clear-cut as in a classroom and, therefore, early discussions with students are very important."

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David Sherlock Post 2 (summarised) in reply to 1

4 Jun 2020, 15:41
Thinking about my face-to-face teaching experiences, there are certain types...
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David McDade Post 3 (summarised) in reply to 2

4 Jun 2020, 16:02
Hello David, Yes, there are lots of other opportunities to engage with...
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Lucy Bailey Post 5 (summarised) in reply to 2

6 Jun 2020, 14:52
I agree David, when in a face-to-face teaching environment there is the...
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Lucy Gillett Post 4 (summarised) in reply to 1

4 Jun 2020, 22:52
In a face to face environment an 'ice breaker' happens as a part of the...
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Marcus Young Post 22 (summarised) in reply to 4

12 Jun 2020, 17:57
Hi Lucy, I think you've made a really important point there. For some...
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Lucy Bailey Post 6 (summarised) in reply to 1

6 Jun 2020, 14:56
I can relate to the feeling of isolation that students can feel whilst...
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Brian Morton Post 7 (summarised) in reply to 6

6 Jun 2020, 18:42
I agree with all your thoughts totally. Being a student with the OU and...
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Jenny Bakkali Post 8 (summarised) in reply to 7

7 Jun 2020, 17:04
Hi Brian, Welcome to the course and the forum. Could post in the...
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Tamara Lopez Post 9 (summarised) in reply to 1

7 Jun 2020, 21:07
As an undergraduate, I was always a committed and engaged student in class....
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Jenny Bakkali Post 10 (summarised) in reply to 9

8 Jun 2020, 10:42
I find, that as you get to know your students, you get a feel for the level...
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Heather Yorston Post 11 (summarised) in reply to 1

8 Jun 2020, 17:54
It is hard on a telephone call when you can't read the body language of a...
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Jenny Bakkali Post 12 (summarised) in reply to 11

8 Jun 2020, 19:28
Hi Heather, You can only communicate with methods that a student is...
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Ben Pike Post 13 (summarised) in reply to 1

9 Jun 2020, 12:12
While I agree with the other posters that the lack of face to face contact...
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Kate Sim Post 14 (summarised) in reply to 13

9 Jun 2020, 12:52
Hi Ben, just to make it clear that most tutorials are not one-to-one. I think...
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Ben Pike Post 17 (summarised) in reply to 14

9 Jun 2020, 15:17
Good to know. My mother is an AL and does some 1 to 1 telephone tutorials,...
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Jacqueline Jones Post 15 (summarised) in reply to 1

9 Jun 2020, 12:52
With face-to-face teaching you can see who is engaged or not and you may find...
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Pauline Hewgill Post 16 (summarised) in reply to 1

9 Jun 2020, 13:09
Isolation is something I've been focusing on with sixth form students during...
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David McDade Post 33 (summarised) in reply to 16

17 Jun 2020, 12:12
Hello Pauline, You raise a couple of interesting points here. It has indeed...
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Adrian Hehir Post 18 (summarised) in reply to 1

10 Jun 2020, 15:44
To add to what other people have written, I think student engagement could be...
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Geoff Nunn Post 19 (summarised) in reply to 1

11 Jun 2020, 08:59

Staying motivated.

 Having experienced both the O.U. distance learning route...
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Jenny Bakkali Post 20 (summarised) in reply to 19

11 Jun 2020, 15:57
Hi Geoff, Welcome to the course and forum, and good to hear you have plenty...
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Ian Cochrane

Ian Cochrane Post 41 (summarised) in reply to 19

17 Jul 2020, 14:54
I agree with your observation on occasionally variable teaching quality in...
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Emmanuel Isibor Post 21 (summarised) in reply to 1

12 Jun 2020, 13:14
I think the OU tutor’s role has been carefully designed to guard against the...
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Marcus Young Post 23 (summarised) in reply to 1

12 Jun 2020, 18:24
I think the extent of the difference depends on whether we're talking about...
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Kate Sim Post 24 (summarised) in reply to 23

13 Jun 2020, 08:42
Hi Marcus, The amount of direct contact varies a lot from module to module...
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Marcus Young Post 26 (summarised) in reply to 24

14 Jun 2020, 22:26
Hi Kate, Yes, that makes sense. Very helpful, thanks. Marcus
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Cath Brown Post 25 (summarised) in reply to 23

13 Jun 2020, 19:50
It is certainly possible to have much more contact at the Ou - when I did my...
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Sarah Green Post 31 (summarised) in reply to 25

17 Jun 2020, 10:57
I agree with you Cath. I have found OU tutors have generally been more...
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Greg O'Connell Post 27 (summarised) in reply to 1

15 Jun 2020, 09:55
Over the past 6 or 7 years I have taught/supported learners. In the class...
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Jenny Bakkali Post 28 (summarised) in reply to 27

15 Jun 2020, 13:34
Hi Greg It is interesting to hear about your recent experience re the...
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Quentin McPhee Post 29 (summarised) in reply to 1

16 Jun 2020, 14:39
In recent months and as a result of corona-virus I have changed the way that...
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Colin Jenkins Post 30 (summarised) in reply to 1

16 Jun 2020, 16:03
The traditional classroom environment allows a more spontaneous interaction...
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Sarah Green Post 32 (summarised) in reply to 1

17 Jun 2020, 11:12
Face to face tutorials allow an individual to see body language that can help...
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Michael Liedl Post 34 (summarised) in reply to 1

22 Jun 2020, 15:24
The question makes me reflect on two considerations: 1. How does the OU...
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Anna Pietrzak Post 35 (summarised) in reply to 1

24 Jun 2020, 10:49
I deliver 'class based' and online courses and from a perspective of the...
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Rachael Luck Post 36 (summarised) in reply to 1

4 Jul 2020, 13:58

Difference from face to face

 Difference in tutor role from face to face...
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Manoj Nanda Post 37 (summarised) in reply to 1

10 Jul 2020, 15:55

Face to Face vs Remote learning

 Think about the ‘traditional’ role of a...
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Jenny Bakkali Post 38 (summarised) in reply to 37

10 Jul 2020, 19:21
Hi Manoj, Welcome to the course and the forum, and great to see you're busy...
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Ganiat Kazeem Post 39 (summarised) in reply to 1

13 Jul 2020, 22:24

Adapting and reaching out

 What I have gleaned from the course so far and from...
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Kate Sim Post 40 (summarised) in reply to 39

13 Jul 2020, 22:54
It sounds as though you are getting the right sort of ideas from the module...
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Ian Cochrane

Ian Cochrane Post 42 (summarised) in reply to 1

17 Jul 2020, 15:02
It will be essential to respond as fast as possible to student...
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Nigel Gibson Post 43 (summarised) in reply to 42

17 Jul 2020, 15:34
[Image] Hi Ian, While this might seem counter-intuitive it is actually not...
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Jonathan Hopkins Post 44 (summarised) in reply to 1

27 Jul 2020, 20:26
Most of the distance learning that I was involved in historically took the...
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Gail Ollis Post 45 (summarised) in reply to 1

8 Aug 2020, 20:37
This is a really interesting question in Covid-19 times. I've been supporting...
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Jonathan Hopkins Post 46 (summarised) in reply to 1

19 Aug 2020, 18:37
The thing that I have noticed about teaching remotely is that formative...
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Theresa Schrem Post 51 (summarised) in reply to 46

8 Oct 2020, 15:54
The difficulty with formative assessment that you mention is something that I...
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Bill Tarpy Post 47 (summarised) in reply to 1

25 Aug 2020, 17:48
Hi all, A long time ago in a galaxy far away I was a secondary school teacher...
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Jenny Bakkali Post 48 (summarised) in reply to 47

26 Aug 2020, 17:28
Hi Bill In terms of knowing about students' IT/comms experience - there is no...
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Petra Wolf Post 49 (summarised) in reply to 1

17 Sep 2020, 16:44
Thinking back on my own experience, I think an OU tutor needs to be able to...
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Theresa Schrem Post 50 (summarised) in reply to 1

8 Oct 2020, 15:51

Section 2 Activity 1

 I think it is more difficult to develop a rapport with...
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Silvia Varagnolo Post 52 (summarised) in reply to 1

16 Oct 2020, 10:54
I think the channels available for communication with the students are much...
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Dhouha Kbaier Post 53 (summarised) in reply to 52

25 Nov 2020, 10:59
There are of course some drawbacks that colleagues have listed above....
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Kevin Frost Post 54 (summarised) in reply to 1

20 Dec 2020, 22:32
Isolation has been mentioned a lot so far and for good reason I think. but I...
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Amanda Cambridge Post 55 (summarised) in reply to 1

20 Mar 2021, 11:56
I will freely admit, prior to lock down, I had thought more about the...
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Fiona Baxter Post 59 (summarised) in reply to 55

17 Jun 2021, 13:12
This is so important Amanda. I work with Autistic children and their...
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Bernadette Vella Post 56 (summarised) in reply to 1

13 Apr 2021, 19:19
reflecting on my own experience as an OU Student. I wanted my tutor to...
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Fiona Baxter Post 60 (summarised) in reply to 56

17 Jun 2021, 13:23
I agree Bernadette in that I was inspired to enter teaching by the part-time...
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Tony Sheppard Post 57 (summarised) in reply to 1

7 May 2021, 12:57
It's been interesting to see how people have adapted to remote working and...
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Fiona Baxter Post 61 (summarised) in reply to 57

17 Jun 2021, 13:28
It definitely helps to be a human being! ;) These are important life and work...
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Amanda Williams Post 58 (summarised) in reply to 1

11 Jun 2021, 11:08
I think face-to-face and remote is very different. Although are all online...
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Fiona Baxter Post 62 (summarised) in reply to 1

17 Jun 2021, 13:41
I've been a tutor and assessor in vocational education, within workplaces,...
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Michael Coggins-Lunt Post 63 (summarised) in reply to 1

24 Jun 2021, 12:01
Working as an OU tutor would differ from face-to-face work as in a digital...
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Elena Sanchez-Heras Post 64 (summarised) in reply to 1

4 Jul 2021, 17:33
A tutor at OU is the face of the university. The first point of contact for a...
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Charlotte Jukes Post 65 (summarised) in reply to 1

5 Jul 2021, 12:17
I think there are benefits and challenges to both types of learning and...
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Ann Kretzschmar Post 66 (summarised) in reply to 1

7 Jul 2021, 23:04
I think first and foremost students need confidence. They will initially go...
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Muzna Sadia Post 67 (summarised) in reply to 1

9 Jul 2021, 12:34
Its a very good opportunity for the students who have responsibilities and...
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Stephen Butler Post 68 (summarised) in reply to 1

14 Jul 2021, 13:43
I think one big difference is helping students transition to less of a...
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Charlotte O'Leary Post 69 (summarised) in reply to 1

20 Jul 2021, 12:22
I think Lucy G raises a significant point here that, for some students,...
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Ann Kretzschmar Post 70 (summarised) in reply to 1

26 Jul 2021, 18:41
Casual conversations will not happen in the same way as they would in a f2f...
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Kate Sim Post 71 (summarised) in reply to 70

27 Jul 2021, 20:08
That is a real problem with some OU students, where they fail to respond to...
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Richard Collins Post 75 (summarised) in reply to 70

13 Aug 2021, 19:15
Yes I can imagine that this would be an issue Ann. It's an area I could see...
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Suzie Miller Post 72 (summarised) in reply to 1

3 Aug 2021, 02:40
I think the benefits I could bring to an OU tutor role is by creating a safe...
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Ann Holmes Post 73 (summarised) in reply to 72

5 Aug 2021, 08:03
I see an AL as a more specialist role than that of a lecturer in a brick...
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Kate Blackham Post 74 (summarised) in reply to 1

7 Aug 2021, 17:32
Last year (during Covid lockdown) I was a PGCE student and found it harder to...
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Richard Collins Post 76 (summarised) in reply to 1

13 Aug 2021, 19:20
I think one main difference traditional role is different from being an OU...
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Robert Stocks Post 77 (summarised) in reply to 1

13 Aug 2021, 19:36
Differing from traditional face to face teaching poses challenges in...
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Bob Moore Post 78 (summarised) in reply to 1

1 Sep 2021, 12:58 Edited by the author on 1 Sep 2021, 12:59
There is a big difference between tutoring and teaching as we experienced it...
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Jenny Bakkali Post 79 (summarised) in reply to 78

2 Sep 2021, 14:30
Hi Bob, Welcome to forum, hope you find it useful. Please post on the forum...
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Andrea Davanzo Post 80 (summarised) in reply to 1

2 Oct 2021, 14:33

Part 2 Activity 1

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Steven Barr Post 81 (unread) in reply to 1

14 Dec 2021, 16:04

Think about the ‘traditional’ role of a face-to-face teacher. In what ways do you think working as a tutor would differ from this role?

Over the years and from experience from all sides of the student/teacher/lecturer concept it is clear not all students react in the same way as highlighted throughout the changes of delivery some of may have done in previous roles throughout the pandemic. 

In my experience, as a lecturer we are much more agile in many aspects, one is the ability to be aware of candidates learning environments as they can be impacted by many things. Candidates are not always vocal about concerns but through many avenues we can see potential areas that could be improved for a candidate and make reasonable adjustments to ensure all learners are capable to excel in their studies.  


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