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Nigel Gibson Post 1

18 May 2020, 14:54 Edited by the author on 16 Aug 2021, 17:56

Section 6, Activity 6

Lecture

This thread is for section 6, activity 6

As a result of studying this course so far, how likely are you to consider teaching with the Open University?

Reflect briefly on why you may be interested in teaching with the OU, what do you feel you might gain from the experience and what do you feel you have to offer?

These are examples of the type of posts we might expect to see:

"The OU has a fantastic reputation and I think that I could develop my own teaching. I can contribute my knowledge and industry experience of networking and cybersecurity"

"I am a recent OU graduate (MSc) and I can use my lived experience of the OU student journey"

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Shane Ogilvie Post 2 (summarised) in reply to 1

9 Jun 2020, 10:08
This course has certainly whetted my appetite to go further. The fact that...
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David Sherlock Post 3 (summarised) in reply to 1

9 Jun 2020, 14:21
I think my biggest take from this course is that the relationship between the...
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Michael Liedl Post 17 (summarised) in reply to 3

6 Jul 2020, 09:19
Hi David, Yes, this course has put in the forefront that the relationship...
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Jacqueline Jones Post 4 (summarised) in reply to 1

10 Jun 2020, 17:38
As a recent OU student this course has given me an insight into how the tutor...
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Lucy Gillett Post 5 (summarised) in reply to 1

13 Jun 2020, 20:06
I almost didn't find you, I was looking for activity 6 :-D I think that in...
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Marcus Young Post 6 (summarised) in reply to 1

14 Jun 2020, 18:21
This course has really helped me think about what working as an OU tutor...
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Tamara Lopez Post 7 (summarised) in reply to 1

14 Jun 2020, 18:44
This course has been very timely for me.  I am post PhD, post first Post Doc,...
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Michael Liedl Post 18 (summarised) in reply to 7

6 Jul 2020, 09:25
Hi Tamara, I feel like you "I probably have a better chance to make a...
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Ben Pike Post 8 (summarised) in reply to 1

15 Jun 2020, 16:14
I hadn't really thought of teaching as a path for me, but after being sent...
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Pauline Hewgill Post 9 (summarised) in reply to 1

16 Jun 2020, 21:52
The OU tutor role is a bit different to what I expected but in a good way. It...
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Colin Jenkins Post 14 (summarised) in reply to 9

30 Jun 2020, 14:00
I agree that the continuous development aspect of being an OU tutor, which I...
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Manoj Nanda Post 24 (summarised) in reply to 9

14 Jul 2020, 01:49
Hi Pauline, I echo on your comment regarding social justice , opening up...
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Adrian Hehir Post 10 (summarised) in reply to 1

17 Jun 2020, 13:20
First I like this course, it is well structured and never boring and has...
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Michael Liedl Post 19 (summarised) in reply to 10

6 Jul 2020, 09:27
Hi Adrian, You seem well qualified and motivated, so I wish you the best.
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Emmanuel Isibor Post 11 (summarised) in reply to 1

19 Jun 2020, 11:38
Going through this course has provided me with the understanding of how the...
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Michael Liedl Post 20 (summarised) in reply to 11

6 Jul 2020, 09:32
Hi Emmanuel, From your previous postings, I am sure that you have some unique...
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Anna Pietrzak Post 12 (summarised) in reply to 1

24 Jun 2020, 14:22
The OU has a fantastic reputation and opportunity to teach online in the...
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Colin Jenkins Post 13 (summarised) in reply to 1

30 Jun 2020, 13:56
I am taking this course because I have already applied to be an AL, and have...
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Kate Sim Post 15 (summarised) in reply to 13

30 Jun 2020, 15:42
Congratulations on getting the interview and I hope it goes well. Kate
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Michael Liedl Post 16 (summarised) in reply to 1

6 Jul 2020, 09:11
I certainly will be applying for teaching with the OU. With well over 20...
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Toni Walton Post 21 (summarised) in reply to 1

9 Jul 2020, 15:39
The fundamental role and expectations of an AL hasn't changed, which makes me...
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Manoj Nanda Post 23 (summarised) in reply to 21

14 Jul 2020, 01:47
I agree Toni, I have felt my own understanding of a subject has been greatly...
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Manoj Nanda Post 22 (summarised) in reply to 1

14 Jul 2020, 01:42
I have found the content on this course resonant so far and am keen to take...
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Graham Smith Post 25 (summarised) in reply to 1

19 Jul 2020, 22:41
After studying the course so far, I think the course has put across the way...
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Martin Hillson Post 26 (summarised) in reply to 1

10 Aug 2020, 20:35 Edited by the author on 10 Aug 2020, 20:35
After I finished my OU MSc 20 years ago I had a conversation with my...
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Kate Sim Post 27 (summarised) in reply to 26

11 Aug 2020, 10:40
I'm glad you have finally made it.  :-)
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Bill Tarpy Post 28 (summarised) in reply to 1

1 Sep 2020, 12:06
Frankly I've been pretty relieved to see the breadth and depth of teaching...
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Quentin McPhee Post 29 (summarised) in reply to 1

14 Sep 2020, 11:38
The course has reminded me what a wonderful and worthwhile organisation the...
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Silvia Varagnolo Post 30 (summarised) in reply to 1

7 Nov 2020, 16:31
I am already part of the OU as a Lecturer in STEM . I might consider to apply...
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Kevin Frost Post 31 (summarised) in reply to 1

31 Jan 2021, 19:24
I started this course after applying for an OU tutoring role and have been...
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Kate Sim Post 32 (summarised) in reply to 31

1 Feb 2021, 13:09
Well done on becoming an AL.  :-)
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Fiona Baxter Post 35 (summarised) in reply to 31

23 Jun 2021, 11:32
Congratulations! I hope I can follow in your footsteps ;)
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Sian Armstrong-Hollins Post 33 (summarised) in reply to 1

22 May 2021, 20:13
Definitely - it has been very helpful in explaining the process. It has...
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Fiona Baxter Post 36 (summarised) in reply to 33

23 Jun 2021, 11:33
I agree it has been hugely informative and also reaffirming.
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Amanda Williams Post 34 (summarised) in reply to 1

13 Jun 2021, 13:38
I think my biggest take from this is the role of the tutor.  The relationship...
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Fiona Baxter Post 37 (summarised) in reply to 34

23 Jun 2021, 11:35
It has also made me think of my time at University and how tutor centred it...
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Fiona Baxter Post 38 (summarised) in reply to 1

23 Jun 2021, 11:45
I am 100% applying to a current opportunity with deadline tomorrow! I am an...
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Elena Sanchez-Heras Post 39 (summarised) in reply to 1

6 Jul 2021, 15:54
The OU is fantastic in supported online learning. I have experience of their...
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John Dunning Post 40 (summarised) in reply to 1

12 Jul 2021, 09:29
The course has explained a lot about the progression once selected as a tutor...
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Chi Onyekaba Post 41 (summarised) in reply to 1

18 Jul 2021, 12:49
This course has really given me a fantastic insight into how the OU is...
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Jenny Bakkali Post 42 (summarised) in reply to 41

18 Jul 2021, 17:29
Hi Chi, Good to hear you have found the course useful. Perhaps I missed it,...
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Suzie Miller Post 43 (unread) in reply to 1

3 Aug 2021, 22:10

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.

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Sandra Clarke Post 44 (unread) in reply to 1

5 Aug 2021, 11:53

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.

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Ann Holmes Post 45 (unread) in reply to 44

6 Aug 2021, 11:13

I have worked for the OU for eleven years now, and I really can't imagine ever wanting to do anything else.

Ann

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Robert Stocks Post 46 (unread) in reply to 1

14 Aug 2021, 19:49

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 

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Richard Collins Post 47 (unread) in reply to 1

16 Aug 2021, 16:57

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.

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Kate Sim Post 48 (unread) in reply to 47

16 Aug 2021, 17:53

The title of this thread is wrong, the course text calls it activity 6.

Good spot.  You are the first person to mention this.  I will have a word with the author.

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Nigel Gibson Post 49 (unread) in reply to 47

16 Aug 2021, 17:59

Thanks Richard, it's sorted :-)

Nigel

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Bob Moore Post 50 (unread) in reply to 1

19 Sep 2021, 12:45

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. :)

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Jenny Bakkali Post 51 (unread) in reply to 50

19 Sep 2021, 20:45

Congratulations! 

Good luck with your tutor role :) 

Discussion tags: section 6