•18 May 2020, 14:06•Edited by the author on 18 May 2020, 20:03
Section 6, Activity 1
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What added dimension, if any, do you feel this idea of the dual professional can bring to the tutoring of Open University students?
How might exposure to tutors with a combination of teaching expertise and specialist/subject based knowledge and its application in other sectors add any value for students?
This is an example of the type of post we might expect to see:
"For STEM students particularly the opportunity to study with academics who also have practical, industry experience can help students to see the practical application of their studies. It also gives students access to people who can offer advice on employability - many OU students study in order to change career"
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I think tutors with practical industry experience can more easily give students example of when they might use things they're learning in context. As a school child I remember the constant cry of "When will we use this!?" in response to algebra or something, and being able to answer that question improves motivation and gives the student something to aim for in 'the real world'
I think that subject based knowledge and an understanding of its application can be very useful to learners when combined with teaching expertise. This can bridge the gap between the academic and the practice or the theory and practical. I think it can also mean that one can find alternative ways of illustrating topics or their relevance beyond the straight academic content that is studied and is perhaps easier to make use of person centered learning and questioning as learners can be presented with a context tat is relevant to them or where they see their studies leading them.
However, I am mindful that there is value in a very academic approach at times and this may sometimes appeal to some students more. Overall I think OU students are fortunately to be able to benefit from both.
Having gone from industry to academia I have always appreciated the depth of understanding that this has afforded me, and the different perspective that it yields. More recently, having attained formal teaching qualifications such that teaching pedagogy skills now build upon my self-taught teaching skills, I further appreciate the variety of perspectives that this gives me. Additionally, in returning to studying briefly a couple of years ago to do this, I deeply appreciated the advice and roles of my own tutors in a way I did not initially in my undergraduate years, and it also caused me to reflect upon my own strengths and weaknesses as a lecturer in academia and to hopefully improve as a result.
I currently work in STEM education and have a lot of employer engagement activities. What I have found is that students develop skills that they wouldn't have the opportunity through mainstream and purley academic subjects. It puts acadmic theories into perspective, which helps to support learning as theory them becomes 'real' and not just something that they see written in a book or on screen. I have project briefs set by employers, and I do find that students learn more by doing it this way.
agree that dual professionals have an important role to play in higher
education – they are the exact reason why I decided to begin teaching alongside
my role as a web designer. During my own studies, I found them to be up to date
and inspirational. In particular in Computing and IT, it is paramount that we
bridge the gap with industry, to ensure a pipeline of graduates who are better
able to meet the fast moving needs of professional practice and hit the ground
I am a researcher in the field of Life Sciences. My life as a researcher has benefited of multidisciplinary inputs. I would like to instil these ideas that nowadays in research we need to work in multidisciplinary groups and help the new researchers to understand this concept in the real world.
It's one thing to be an expert in your field but to achieve great results in educating people, you need to be able to communicate that knowledge. Being an expert in both your subject and in teaching creates optimum opportunities for learning.