•18 May 2020, 15:50•Edited by Nigel Gibson on 19 May 2020, 09:59
Section 4, Activity 3
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What is appealing about the tutor role?
Teaching in computing and communications remotely is different from classroom instruction. In this activity, you should consider the tools that you have experience with to work remotely. How might you use these in teaching?
Activities you could consider are using online tools to debug code, screen sharing, use of development tools, asking questions, or using the phone.
Select an idea, how could the effectiveness of the idea be increased?
These are examples of the types of posts we might expect to see:
"Key things that appeal to me, are that the role is part time, so I can fit it around my other work and family commitments. It gives me the opportunity to work with students focusing on their individual needs rather than preparing learning material for large groups. This maps well to online tools as I can use these effectively for small group teaching, at evenings at weekends without additional travel. I can interact using voice, video and text chat. I can use interactive white board activities to engage students and observe how they solve problems, so I can offer hints about their next steps."
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One thing I find appealing about the role is the flexibility of it, by that I donlt just mean time wise for myself, rather the fact that students are primarily taught the bulk of the topics by distance learning, a tutor largely helps where students have problems understanding specific areas rather than delivering all the material themselves. This seems to me very satisfying to be concentrating on areas where students are having the most difficulty and then helping them oversome these difficulties.
This would lead to some very interesting activities developing additional resources to support speciic students or all students with specific areas of a topic.
Facilitating learning in this way is very satisfying and I have found students really excel when they can go at their own pace and there is flexibility of choice. The idea of owning their own learning can be hard for some to wrap their heads around, especially if their only experience of education has been formal, but once it clicks it can be a huge motivator and confidence builder.
I think what appeals most to me is the fact that you can get to know students well, where as you can't in large lecture theatres. You can become more focused on what really matters to the students, and can direct them more easily to resources that are suitable to them as an individual. There are so many new tools due to covid that are available to use, which eliminates the requirement to travel and doing our bit to save the planet. I also think that as a society we are more likely to voice opinions without embarrassment.
In terms of remote teaching, I have experience with different conferencing tools including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet and Whereby. I have combined screen sharing a presentation, chat communication and audio/video Q&A, with sharing website resources and videos on Vimeo whilst completing projects using Scratch programming. I could increase effectiveness by utilising a collaborative whiteboard tool or Mural to enhance engagement and interaction.
The appeal to me of an AL role with OU is a combination of the part time way of working possible with OU, the provision of an excellent curriculum from which to work. This coupled with my teaching qualifications adds up to an interesting and fulfilling career.
During my PGCE year it was necessary to teach remotely for months at a time. I have therefore developed skill in the use of both synchronous and asynchronous technologies with which to teach.
As a student myself at OU, I find that in STEM subjects, when attending tutorials, if we are broken into different groups in Adobe connect, the tutorial is very productive. We can share our thoughts about how to resolve a problem, we encourage each other when we find the same difficulties. After one of these sessions, I leave with my head buzzing!