•18 May 2020, 13:42•Edited by the author on 19 May 2020, 15:27
Section 2, Activity 4
This thread is for section 2, activity 4
A tutor has recently taken on a cohort of 20 students for a particular module. Most of the students in the cohort have studied with the OU. However, there are a few students that whilst having not studied for a number of years, they have also never studied with the OU. After a recent online tutorial combined with poor TMA results, the tutor has become concerned that these students are starting to disengage with their module.
Using the bullet points from section 2.6, what two steps do you think the tutor can take to get the students back on track with their studies? Also briefly describe one or two other methods that can perhaps be used in combination with the chosen steps.
Have a look at some other discussions. Do you agree with the other posts?
These are examples of the types of posts we might expect to see:
"Encouraging students - further individual engagement with students through email or perhaps phone in order to provide support."
"Feeding forward and determining mid to long-term goals – this could perhaps be carried out through feedback in the TMAs and, in particular, through summary feedback that is returned with each marked TMA, as well as through individual conversation. "
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Poor marks does not necessarily equate to disengagement, nor
does it necessarily mean there is issue with the online tutorial.
It could be that the learners have had difficulty matching
their knowledge and skills with the learning outcomes, especially if they’ve
not studied for a long time. The marks may give indication of where there are
strengths and weaknesses in their knowledge or skills, which in turn may
suggest an appropriate action plan to help facilitate improving their
competence in particular areas. You can then be more individualised,
encouraging their strengths whilst focusing on supporting with examples of how
they can meet gaps in the learning outcomes and improve their assignment towards
It is also possible that there are other reasons
why they have performed poorly so I’d prepare to be open, flexible and respond
to any other needs appropriately.
As a tutor, I would evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of these students and identify the next steps of their learning. To aid these aims. I would facilitate the development of distance learning skills and encourage independent learning.
Firstly, I would find out if there are any issues preventing the student from engaging with their studies. They may have things going on in life that are taking precedence. I would offer any support necessary to encourage the student.
If the student had not studied for a long time, or not studied with the OU, I would suggest some support with their study skills. They may be struggling with working independently, or online. They may not be aware of some of the ICT support available, or how certain aspects of online learning work. I would ensure that the student was confident in accessing the information needed to carry out their studies.
I would encourage the student to look at feedback given for previous TMAs and reflect upon their learning. This would help them to feel motivated, but also to have an awareness of any areas needing improvement, providing them with a goal.
•14 Jul 2021, 14:24•Edited by the author on 14 Jul 2021, 14:26
From the list I would say the two steps to try and re-engage the students would be:
* Encouraging students,
* Helping students attain learning outcomes.
It can be demoralising if it seems like you're struggling and/or falling behind. In these situations it can help to try and find some "quick wins" for the student to improve their self-confidence and help them win back some motivation to continue. Also, it's worth trying to find out what their personal situation is at the time. They may have other difficulties which are impacting their studies at this time or they may need help with developing study skills and routines so that they can learn to keep up etc.