•18 May 2020, 14:02•Edited by the author on 19 May 2020, 10:06
Section 4, Activity 1
This thread is for section 4, activity 1
Investigate a module
Select a module from the list below and work through the study material yourself. What did you find engaging in the material? What did you think a student who is new to the subject may need more help with?
Web Technologies (TT284) – an undergraduate stage 2 module (equivalent to year 2 in a full-time degree).
IT Systems: Planning for Success (TM353) – an undergraduate stage 3 module.
Software Engineering (M814) – a postgraduate module.
These are examples of the type of posts we might expect to see:
"I considered the technical learning in the module, for example learning PHP for web technologies."
"I picked out that there is a lot of terminology used in IT Systems Planning for success that may need explaining."
"Students often need pastoral support as changes in their lives occur, or advice about how to take advantages of opportunities such as ways to apply what they have done at work."
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I looked at Web Technologies (TT284). What I realised is that I could quite easily teach this topic. For me I think there need to be a bit more of a blended learning approach using videos and links to other resources. For me it is very text heavy, although the basic concepts are easy to understand.
I've started 'Web Technologies' and will return to it at a later date, as I'd like to complete this course first! I chose it as I'm from a creative design background with industry experience as a Web Designer. Having considered the content, I found it to be very text heavy and lacking in visual media, particularly in comparison to how this current course is presented. However, it aids engagement to see clearly how each part of the course breaks down. As a stage 2 module, I can see how important it is for students to be given opportunity and support to explore and find their feet at stage 1, as the content becomes more specific at stage 2.
Technologies are something most people use multiple times a day without ever As I already know from my personal experience of studying the the OU, The courses are designed with a very clear structure. There is no ambiguity over what a student should have studied each week. Each course is great at taking a concept and giving a context that will allow a student to achor the new knowledge in their existing schema. Web technologies are something most people use several times a day without ever knowing what is happening. The OU links in with this usage revealing the complexities in context.
I was impressed by how well the module explains the scope of the material of the course: what they are going to focus in a vast field and why. Setting out the scope of the course is fundamental, in my view.
I also liked the practical aspects of the course: setting examples to explain what is a successful or a failure IT system.