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Nigel Gibson Post 1

18 May 2020, 14:06 Edited by the author on 18 May 2020, 20:03

Section 6, Activity 1

ScienceThis thread is for Section 6 Activity 1

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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Shane Ogilvie Post 2 (summarised) in reply to 1

8 Jun 2020, 16:09
I have found that students tend to respond favourably to my "dual...
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David Sherlock Post 3 (summarised) in reply to 1

9 Jun 2020, 14:30
Computing technologies moves very fast, from my expierence, having dual...
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Lucy Gillett Post 4 (summarised) in reply to 1

13 Jun 2020, 16:01
I think the blended role can also offer a mentor for the student by...
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Marcus Young Post 5 (summarised) in reply to 1

14 Jun 2020, 13:35 Edited by the author on 14 Jun 2020, 13:36
I think it's really beneficial for tutors to have current or previous...
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Tamara Lopez Post 6 (summarised) in reply to 1

14 Jun 2020, 17:00
Many years ago, when I was just starting out in my career and feeling very...
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Michael Liedl Post 15 (summarised) in reply to 6

5 Jul 2020, 21:07
Hi Tamara, Allow me to correct you "Dual professionals WILL have an easier...
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Jenny Bakkali Post 18 (summarised) in reply to 15

6 Jul 2020, 12:44
Hi Michael, This is not necessarily true. There most probably will be...
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Michael Liedl Post 19 (summarised) in reply to 18

6 Jul 2020, 20:07
You are perfectly right in distinguishing capacity for knowledge vs...
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Ben Pike Post 7 (summarised) in reply to 1

15 Jun 2020, 15:08
I think tutors with practical industry experience can more easily give...
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John Dunning Post 39 (summarised) in reply to 7

12 Jul 2021, 09:07
Agreed, the benefit of being able to give practical examples of real-life use...
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Pauline Hewgill Post 8 (summarised) in reply to 1

15 Jun 2020, 21:38
I think people who have worked in industry and have management experience can...
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Adrian Hehir Post 9 (summarised) in reply to 1

17 Jun 2020, 10:46
A dual professional with experience in the IT industry can provide practical...
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Emmanuel Isibor Post 10 (summarised) in reply to 1

19 Jun 2020, 09:19
I feel that dual professionals can offer new perspectives to tutoring in OU....
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Rachael Luck Post 14 (summarised) in reply to 10

4 Jul 2020, 23:55
Agree with Emmanuel that a dual professional is able to draw on own...
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Anna Pietrzak Post 11 (summarised) in reply to 1

24 Jun 2020, 13:53
Be a tutor and practitioner is good opportunity to share experience with...
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Iain Toolin Post 12 (summarised) in reply to 1

26 Jun 2020, 18:16
The opportunity to blend in real world practice with academic theory. ...
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Colin Jenkins Post 13 (summarised) in reply to 1

30 Jun 2020, 12:45
A long time ago I trained as a marine engineer, which involved a mixture of...
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Michael Liedl Post 16 (summarised) in reply to 1

5 Jul 2020, 21:24
For sure dual professionals can provide concrete real examples in the...
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Kate Sim Post 17 (summarised) in reply to 16

6 Jul 2020, 06:18
If you are a tutor without real experience, this is not quite possible. Oh...
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Michael Liedl Post 20 (summarised) in reply to 17

7 Jul 2020, 11:16
Hi Kate, You have some very good points in your reply, but let me tell you a...
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Toni Walton Post 21 (summarised) in reply to 1

9 Jul 2020, 15:20
As well as being able to motivate students with practical experiences I also...
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Manoj Nanda Post 22 (summarised) in reply to 1

14 Jul 2020, 01:12
I think there is tremendous value in staff who are professionals in multiple...
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Graham Smith Post 23 (summarised) in reply to 1

19 Jul 2020, 22:20
I had a look through the answers in this thread, had a bit of a think, before...
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Silvia Varagnolo Post 30 (summarised) in reply to 23

4 Nov 2020, 17:51
Hi Graham, I absolutely agree with your comment.
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Martin Hillson Post 24 (summarised) in reply to 1

9 Aug 2020, 16:48
Coming late to this discussion, I can see that much of what I would say has...
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Bill Tarpy Post 25 (summarised) in reply to 1

1 Sep 2020, 10:30
I would consider myself to be in line to be a dual professional, having spent...
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A Singh Post 26 (summarised) in reply to 1

1 Sep 2020, 18:38
I certainly think that exposure to industry and experience of the academic...
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Jenny Bakkali Post 27 (summarised) in reply to 26

2 Sep 2020, 09:58
Hi  Welcome to the course and the forum. Any chance you could add a post to...
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Quentin McPhee Post 28 (summarised) in reply to 1

14 Sep 2020, 08:41
Although we must be inclusive of all students' motivations, a common reason...
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Silvia Varagnolo Post 29 (summarised) in reply to 1

4 Nov 2020, 17:48
I think the added dimension of having a tutor who is working also outside the...
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Kevin Frost Post 31 (summarised) in reply to 1

31 Jan 2021, 18:30
I think that subject based knowledge and an understanding of its application...
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Fiona Baxter Post 34 (summarised) in reply to 31

23 Jun 2021, 09:38
I agree, it is beneficial to have a blend of tutors, as varied as OU...
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Sian Armstrong-Hollins Post 32 (summarised) in reply to 1

22 May 2021, 19:11
Having gone from industry to academia I have always appreciated the depth of...
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Fiona Baxter Post 35 (summarised) in reply to 32

23 Jun 2021, 09:43
I have had a similar journey and it is such an adventure and builds a broad...
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Amanda Williams Post 33 (summarised) in reply to 1

13 Jun 2021, 13:19
I currently work in STEM education and have a lot of employer engagement...
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Fiona Baxter Post 36 (summarised) in reply to 33

23 Jun 2021, 09:46
Project based learning is so accessible and it's vital career inspiration,...
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Fiona Baxter Post 37 (summarised) in reply to 1

23 Jun 2021, 09:47
I agree that dual professionals have an important role to play in higher...
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Elena Sanchez-Heras Post 38 (summarised) in reply to 1

6 Jul 2021, 15:13
I am a researcher in the field of Life Sciences. My life as a researcher has...
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Chi Onyekaba Post 40 (summarised) in reply to 1

18 Jul 2021, 05:41
It's one thing to be an expert in your field but to achieve great results in...
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Suzie Miller Post 41 (summarised) in reply to 1

3 Aug 2021, 21:31
I think it depends in the industry a person works in, but being able to bring...
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Sandra Clarke Post 42 (summarised) in reply to 1

5 Aug 2021, 10:48
I am hoping to work as an AL and continue to work in education - so the dual...
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Ann Holmes Post 43 (summarised) in reply to 42

6 Aug 2021, 11:04
I think a dual role becomes more valuable in the latter part of a student's...
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Robert Stocks Post 44 (summarised) in reply to 1

14 Aug 2021, 19:36
I think industry knowledge and remaining current is key. The only concern I...
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Richard Collins Post 46 (summarised) in reply to 44

16 Aug 2021, 14:21
I would expect an experienced professional who is looking to teach would be...
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Richard Collins Post 45 (summarised) in reply to 1

16 Aug 2021, 14:18
Being a dual professional, someone that is working in the industry, lends...
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Bob Moore Post 47 (summarised) in reply to 1

19 Sep 2021, 12:10
Particularly with regard to the Computer/IT STEM modules, one of the major...
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Andrea Davanzo Post 48 (unread) in reply to 1

2 Oct 2021, 21:20

I think so. There is a big difference between theory and practice. A dual professional tutor could blend the two poles by adding a bit of reality to the topics the student are studying. Anyway this is very subjective as could substantially vary between tutors.

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