The standard view of this forum does not always work well with assistive technology. We also provide a simpler view, which still contains all features. Switch to simple view.
Picture of David McDade

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."

Use the "Reply" button below to contribute to this discussion.

(Image CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Flickr user Mooshme https://www.flickr.com/photos/Mooshme/)

Picture of David Sherlock

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of David McDade

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Lucy Bailey

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Lucy Gillett

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Marcus Young

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Lucy Bailey

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Brian Morton

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Jenny Bakkali

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Tamara Lopez

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....
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Jenny Bakkali

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Heather Yorston

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Jenny Bakkali

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Ben Pike

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Kate Sim

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Ben Pike

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,...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Jacqueline Jones

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Pauline Hewgill

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of David McDade

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Adrian Hehir

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Geoff Nunn

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Jenny Bakkali

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...
 [Expand all posts]
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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Emmanuel Isibor

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Marcus Young

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Kate Sim

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Marcus Young

Marcus Young Post 26 (summarised) in reply to 24

14 Jun 2020, 22:26
Hi Kate, Yes, that makes sense. Very helpful, thanks. Marcus
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Cath Brown

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Sarah Green

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Greg O'Connell

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Jenny Bakkali

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Quentin McPhee

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Colin Jenkins

Colin Jenkins Post 30 (summarised) in reply to 1

16 Jun 2020, 16:03
The traditional classroom environment allows a more spontaneous interaction...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Sarah Green

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Michael Liedl

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Anna Pietrzak

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Rachael Luck

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Manoj Nanda

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Jenny Bakkali

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Ganiat Kazeem

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Kate Sim

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...
 [Expand all posts]
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...
 [Expand all posts]
ng264

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Jonathan Hopkins

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Gail Ollis

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Jonathan Hopkins

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Theresa Schrem

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Coffee on Tyne

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Jenny Bakkali

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Petra Wolf

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Theresa Schrem

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Silvia Varagnolo

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Dhouha Kbaier

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....
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Kevin Frost

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Amanda Cambridge

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Fiona Baxter

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Bernadette Vella

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Fiona Baxter

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Tony Sheppard

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Fiona Baxter

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Amanda Williams

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Fiona Baxter

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,...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Michael Coggins-Lunt

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Elena Sanchez-Heras

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Charlotte Jukes

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Ann Kretzschmar

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Muzna Sadia

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Me on the Golden Gate bridge in 2008

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Charlotte O'Leary

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,...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Ann Kretzschmar

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Kate Sim

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Richard Collins

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Suzie Miller

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Ann Holmes

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Kate Blackham

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Richard Collins

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Robert Stocks

Robert Stocks Post 77 (summarised) in reply to 1

13 Aug 2021, 19:36
Differing from traditional face to face teaching poses challenges in...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Bob Moore

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Jenny Bakkali

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...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Andrea Davanzo

Andrea Davanzo Post 80 (summarised) in reply to 1

2 Oct 2021, 14:33

Part 2 Activity 1

 The time dimension is different. On ‘traditional’ role of a...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Steven Barr

Steven Barr Post 81 (summarised) in reply to 1

14 Dec 2021, 16:04
Think about the ‘traditional’ role of a face-to-face teacher. In what ways do...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Gareth Wilcox

Gareth Wilcox Post 82 (summarised) in reply to 1

22 Jan 2022, 15:05
With no face-to-face contact, the tutor and student communicate in different...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Kate Sim

Kate Sim Post 83 (summarised) in reply to 82

24 Jan 2022, 09:49
Although we currently have no face-to-face tutorials, this is due to Covid...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Matthew Baber

Matthew Baber Post 84 (summarised) in reply to 1

25 Jan 2022, 11:14
I think the role of a tutor differs from a face-to-face teacher mainly by not...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Anthony McDermott

Anthony McDermott Post 85 (summarised) in reply to 1

13 Feb 2022, 11:32
As with any role, communication is key and paramount to success. in this...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Jennie Douthwaite

Jennie Douthwaite Post 86 (unread summarised) in reply to 1

24 Apr 2022, 10:26
I've found, both during lockdown and with distance learning students, that it...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Kate Sim

Kate Sim Post 87 (unread summarised) in reply to 86

26 Apr 2022, 11:47
Hi Jennie, A good contribution there. Could I ask you to introduce yourself...
 [Expand all posts]
Picture of Ravi Rajani

Ravi Rajani Post 88 (unread summarised) in reply to 1

16 May 2022, 08:54
I think being able to communicate clearly and effectively by email and chat...
 [Expand all posts]
Discussion tags: section 2