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David McDade Post 1

18 May 2020, 15:50 Edited by Nigel Gibson on 19 May 2020, 09:59

Section 4, Activity 3

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This thread is for section 4, activity 3

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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Shane Ogilvie Post 2 (summarised) in reply to 1

4 Jun 2020, 13:44
In my experience, the "difficulty" of subjects like mathematics or...
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Jenny Bakkali Post 3 (summarised) in reply to 2

4 Jun 2020, 14:34
Hi Shane, Welcome to the course and the forum, and it is good to see that you...
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David Sherlock Post 4 (summarised) in reply to 1

8 Jun 2020, 13:57
I think the tutor role appeals to me because it is a much more personal...
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Lucy Gillett Post 5 (summarised) in reply to 4

11 Jun 2020, 21:45
I have not even begin to write my own response to this activity yet, but...
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Lucy Gillett Post 6 (summarised) in reply to 1

11 Jun 2020, 22:13
I think if I am being truly honest what appeals to me is the opportunity to...
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Adrian Hehir Post 7 (summarised) in reply to 1

12 Jun 2020, 17:53
I and curious at heart and a life long learner, learning new things and the...
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Michael Liedl Post 29 (summarised) in reply to 7

1 Jul 2020, 01:41
Hi Adrian, I have never used virtual labs. They look like a wonderful...
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Emmanuel Isibor Post 8 (summarised) in reply to 1

13 Jun 2020, 12:07
What appeals to me in this role is the opportunity that it offers to support...
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Nigel Gibson Post 9 (summarised) in reply to 8

13 Jun 2020, 12:27
Hi Emmanuel, I've jumped in here to say hello because we "met" (virtually)...
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Tamara Lopez Post 12 (summarised) in reply to 9

14 Jun 2020, 08:33
Hear, hear!  Some of my research has looked the way individual interactions...
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Kate Sim Post 20 (summarised) in reply to 9

15 Jun 2020, 15:20
Is it the role of an AL to generate and sustain discussion online, and are...
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Emmanuel Isibor Post 21 (summarised) in reply to 9

15 Jun 2020, 16:45
Hi Nigel, Good to hear from you again and it was really nice meeting me in...
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Marcus Young Post 10 (summarised) in reply to 1

13 Jun 2020, 19:50
I'm interested in being an OU tutor partly because of the flexibility and...
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Colin Jenkins Post 24 (summarised) in reply to 10

23 Jun 2020, 16:56
Hi Marcus, The part time nature of the role is definitely a major factor in...
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Michael Liedl Post 30 (summarised) in reply to 10

1 Jul 2020, 01:46
Hi Marcus, I agree with you about the AWS vitual machines, GitHub and...
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Rod Gliven Post 33 (summarised) in reply to 30

12 Jul 2020, 23:54 Edited by the author on 12 Jul 2020, 23:56
Briefly, the interest in becoming a tutor is two-fold: Some of my best...
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Brian Morton Post 11 (summarised) in reply to 1

13 Jun 2020, 22:16
Wow, you have hit a high bar here, I am 90% mathematics and 10% software...
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Chris Thomson Post 16 (summarised) in reply to 11

15 Jun 2020, 07:31
Hi Brian Bear in mind that this part was put together from the perspective of...
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Tamara Lopez Post 13 (summarised) in reply to 1

14 Jun 2020, 09:09
Practically, tutoring would allow me to fit teaching around my other research...
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Pauline Hewgill Post 14 (summarised) in reply to 13

14 Jun 2020, 21:56
Hi Tamara, I'm very impressed that you completed your Ph.D remotely. That...
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Tamara Lopez Post 17 (summarised) in reply to 14

15 Jun 2020, 11:22
Hi Pauline, It was not easy, I assure you. I wouldn't recommend it unless it...
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Jenny Bakkali Post 18 (summarised) in reply to 13

15 Jun 2020, 13:13
Hi Tamara, Just a reminder that tutorials are not usually 1-2-1. They are...
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Pauline Hewgill Post 15 (summarised) in reply to 1

14 Jun 2020, 22:00
I enjoy finding ways to use technology in teaching. Online learning gives...
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Anna Pietrzak Post 27 (summarised) in reply to 15

24 Jun 2020, 12:59
I am using MS Teams and sharing screen with alive chat is one of my favorite...
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Ben Pike Post 19 (summarised) in reply to 1

15 Jun 2020, 13:53
There are a number of parts of tutoring that appeal to me, in particular I...
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Colin Jenkins Post 23 (summarised) in reply to 19

23 Jun 2020, 16:54
Hi Ben, I think a lot of us have realised that there comes a time when all...
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Colin Jenkins Post 22 (summarised) in reply to 1

23 Jun 2020, 16:51
The thing that appeals most about the tutor role is that it allows me to give...
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Anna Pietrzak Post 26 (summarised) in reply to 22

24 Jun 2020, 12:57
I think the flexibility is essential / part time, you right.
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Anna Pietrzak Post 25 (summarised) in reply to 1

24 Jun 2020, 12:56 Edited by the author on 24 Jun 2020, 13:01
I enjoy teaching and applying technology into it. I like online interaction;...
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Iain Toolin Post 28 (summarised) in reply to 1

26 Jun 2020, 15:34
The appeal for me is I can fulfil the role while training as a computer...
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Michael Liedl Post 31 (summarised) in reply to 1

1 Jul 2020, 08:41
Classroom instruction is one thing; tutoring is another. Tutoring is...
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Toni Walton Post 32 (summarised) in reply to 1

9 Jul 2020, 12:58
From my first year and first course with the OU my path changed completely, I...
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Quentin McPhee Post 34 (summarised) in reply to 1

7 Aug 2020, 10:08
I genuinely find the tutor role appealing since I would be engaging with a...
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Martin Hillson Post 35 (summarised) in reply to 1

7 Aug 2020, 15:11
So far as interacting remotely goes, I guess the whole Covid experience has...
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Jonathan Hopkins Post 36 (summarised) in reply to 1

19 Aug 2020, 18:45
One of the things I am keen to work with more is to use video conferencing,...
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Kate Sim Post 37 (summarised) in reply to 36

20 Aug 2020, 07:03
Hi Jonathan, We don't currently use Zoom with students. Instead we have rooms...
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Bill Tarpy Post 38 (summarised) in reply to 1

27 Aug 2020, 12:32
What appeals to me is the flexibility of the role. It's part-time, largely...
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Silvia Varagnolo Post 39 (summarised) in reply to 1

19 Oct 2020, 21:47
I agree with many other posters on the point that flexibility is surely one...
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Kate Sim Post 40 (summarised) in reply to 39

20 Oct 2020, 12:39
Some good ideas here.  If you do become an OU tutor, you will discover that...
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Dhouha Kbaier Post 41 (summarised) in reply to 40

25 Nov 2020, 14:15
Being a tutor will be rewarding for me as a member of staff as well. I t...
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Kevin Frost Post 43 (summarised) in reply to 40

1 Jan 2021, 15:07
I have taught school children by Zoom during the lockdown and also disabled...
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Kevin Frost Post 42 in reply to 1

1 Jan 2021, 14:43

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.

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Kate Sim Post 44 (summarised) in reply to 42

1 Jan 2021, 16:18
Yes, that is what I like about tutoring for the OU.  :-) You have made a busy...
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Fiona Baxter Post 49 (unread) in reply to 42

22 Jun 2021, 16:49

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. 

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Sian Armstrong-Hollins Post 45 (summarised) in reply to 1

18 May 2021, 21:15
Whilst much of my teaching to date has been face to face, I have also...
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Amanda Williams Post 46 (unread) in reply to 1

11 Jun 2021, 13:21

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. 

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Fiona Baxter Post 48 (unread) in reply to 46

22 Jun 2021, 16:43

Eliminating travel is a huge bonus in terms of time too, and it can make study more accessible to students who may have childcare or caring responsibilities.

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Fiona Baxter Post 47 (unread) in reply to 1

22 Jun 2021, 16:38

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.   

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Michael Coggins-Lunt Post 50 (unread) in reply to 1

29 Jun 2021, 09:43

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.

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Elena Sanchez-Heras Post 51 (unread) in reply to 1

5 Jul 2021, 19:04

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!

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