First thank you for this course. It was really helpful to get more insight into how the role works and what's involved. Section 5 on marking especially I think really was of interest as to how that works.
Personally when I graduated, a few friends retrained to be teachers as there weren't many tech roles then. I held out and found my way over the years but it's something I have kept wondering about. The tutor role seems the best of both roles where you get to coach and give back, but aren't stuck doing the whole content creation and everything around that.
Also the fact you get paid and the potential to develop more skills is really attractive to me.
This course has helped me gain a deeper understanding of the role of an AL, and supporting adult learning in general - which is what I do in education currently. Lots to think about.
It is a lifelong ambition of mine to work for the OU. My husband gained his degree with them at the age of 42 while working full time and has subsequently been working for them for the last 20 years - it is transformative and the quality and rigour they provide is excellent. This has just confirmed for me my desire to work for them. Thank you for providing this without any cost - been really helpful and interesting.
I think this course has clarified some key aspects of working for OU and has provided reassurance around some aspects of quality assurance which differ from every institute and is still a role I am excited about
The title of this thread is wrong, the course text calls it activity 6.
After studying this far I am more likely to consider tutoring. I was worried that my dyslexia could make it hard for me to mark a students work, and this is a bit of a concern to me. Section 6, more than the others, have shown me that this may not be an issue and not to worry so much.
I've been studying with the OU since 2012, I first got my degree, in 2019, and now i'm near the end of my masters. But my relationship with the OU starts in the 70's when I was a child. I would often wake up hours before the rest of the family and spend the early hours watching the only thing on TV, OU lectures. And I loved them. :) I learned more from the OU as a child than I ever did at school.
I've been interested in the idea of being a tutor at the OU for a long time. I've always enjoyed teaching when I've had the opportunity, and to do it with the OU which is such an amazing institution would be wonderful.
And as it happens I have applied and been offered a tutor role with the univerisity. I have accepted. But now of courseall I have to do it - and hopefully well. :)