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David McDade Post 1

18 May 2020, 19:52 Edited by Nigel Gibson on 19 May 2020, 10:02

Section 4, Activity 4

WritingThis thread is for section 4, activity 4

What does teaching mean to you?

Watch the video in activity 4 and make notes about how the tutor fulfills their role. How does the tutor support students? How do they demonstrate this skill to you?

Correspondence tuition (supporting students through your marking feedback, emails, and tutorials) is a different skill to many other forms of teaching – so you may like to think about how you can apply your transferable skills to this new situation.

Reflecting on your own experience, how do you support people, learners or students with similar issues? Draw on all of your experience, both within work, academia and in informal settings.

Write a post that demonstrates your experience. Comment on another post, is it clear what they do?

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

"I support learners by helping them find their own path, and helping them over come obstacles. I do this by discussing their individual needs with them, rather than forcing an particular approach on them. Sometimes this means pointing them at material they can self study, and sometimes it means working through the study with them.

"I need to provide the support at the right time, this may be proactive after noticing a student is not studying consistently, or reactive by responding to a student request.

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David Sherlock Post 2 (summarised) in reply to 1

8 Jun 2020, 14:40 Edited by the author on 8 Jun 2020, 14:41
I thought that the video for this activity was very interesting. In the...
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Tamara Lopez Post 5 (summarised) in reply to 2

14 Jun 2020, 09:58
Hi David, Very intersesting to hear your take on what it is like to teach...
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Lucy Gillett Post 3 (summarised) in reply to 1

12 Jun 2020, 00:16
This activity and video really made me think about my time so far as a...
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Tamara Lopez Post 7 (summarised) in reply to 3

14 Jun 2020, 10:07
Hi Lucy, Your first hand experiences with personal challenges and the...
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Marcus Young Post 4 (summarised) in reply to 1

13 Jun 2020, 20:33
The video was very interesting and had some excellent ideas. I like the idea...
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Tamara Lopez Post 6 (summarised) in reply to 4

14 Jun 2020, 10:02
Hi Marcus, Excellent point about not giving direct answers to questions, and...
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Tamara Lopez Post 8 (summarised) in reply to 1

14 Jun 2020, 10:24
I waxed on about the mystery of the tutoring experience in supporting...
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Adrian Hehir Post 9 (summarised) in reply to 1

15 Jun 2020, 10:31
I agree it is very important to set students expectations and that students...
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Ben Pike Post 10 (summarised) in reply to 1

15 Jun 2020, 14:19
The video was very interesting, the theme running through all the speakers...
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Colin Jenkins Post 13 (summarised) in reply to 10

26 Jun 2020, 14:24
I think you have hit the nail n the head here with keeping the communication...
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Emmanuel Isibor Post 11 (summarised) in reply to 1

19 Jun 2020, 08:22
The video was very interesting to watch as it gave a preview of how OU tutors...
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Colin Jenkins Post 12 (summarised) in reply to 1

26 Jun 2020, 14:20
As an OU student I can say first hand that the approach of the tutors as...
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Michael Liedl Post 14 (summarised) in reply to 1

1 Jul 2020, 09:28
In viewing the video interview of the tutors, I felt a particular commonality...
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Rod Gliven Post 15 (summarised) in reply to 1

13 Jul 2020, 00:10
One of the simplest things, but very important: The best personal learning...
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Graham Smith Post 16 (summarised) in reply to 1

14 Jul 2020, 01:16
I enjoyed hearing about how the different tutors support their students, from...
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Quentin McPhee Post 17 (summarised) in reply to 1

7 Aug 2020, 10:43
Very interesting video that builds on my perception that successful teaching...
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Raj Seepersad Post 18 (summarised) in reply to 1

8 Aug 2020, 19:00

Part 4 Teaching in Computing & Communications Section 4.5

 I have tutored...
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Bill Tarpy Post 19 (summarised) in reply to 1

27 Aug 2020, 15:24
Can't really say I've ever supported students online, however students are...
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Silvia Varagnolo Post 21 (summarised) in reply to 19

22 Oct 2020, 21:42
Hi Bill, despite you have never supported students online, I can see you...
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Silvia Varagnolo Post 20 (summarised) in reply to 1

22 Oct 2020, 21:38
For distance support I used email, a Facebook group and whattsapp groups....
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Kevin Frost Post 22 (summarised) in reply to 1

1 Jan 2021, 15:02
Teaching for me is much more than just delivering information or imparting...
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Fiona Baxter Post 28 (summarised) in reply to 22

22 Jun 2021, 17:49
I agree, the pedagogical approaches taken in teaching are just as important....
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Sian Armstrong-Hollins Post 23 (summarised) in reply to 1

18 May 2021, 21:28
Learners learn in different ways, and different methods will work for...
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Fiona Baxter Post 27 (summarised) in reply to 23

22 Jun 2021, 17:45
Differentiation is so effective and I have found scaffolding really helps to...
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Amanda Williams Post 24 (summarised) in reply to 1

11 Jun 2021, 13:25
I think the video is interesting and I can see how it overlaps with my...
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Fiona Baxter Post 26 (summarised) in reply to 24

22 Jun 2021, 17:41
It's so important to emphasise that their learning is a two or three way...
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Fiona Baxter Post 25 (summarised) in reply to 1

22 Jun 2021, 17:38
I am a qualified vocational assessor, so have a wealth of experience in...
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Elena Sanchez-Heras Post 29 (summarised) in reply to 1

6 Jul 2021, 11:21
When students start a project in our laboratory, I first help them to...
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John Dunning Post 30 (summarised) in reply to 1

8 Jul 2021, 15:07
I support learners by working with them to understand their needs (both to...
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Suzie Miller Post 31 (summarised) in reply to 1

3 Aug 2021, 16:44
I'd focus on assistive technology that can help not only people with...
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Ann Holmes Post 32 (summarised) in reply to 31

6 Aug 2021, 10:43
The aspect of teaching I enjoy the most is gauging what each student needs in...
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Richard Collins Post 33 (summarised) in reply to 1

15 Aug 2021, 12:02
I think I would share my own experience with studying with the OU with...
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Bob Moore Post 34 (summarised) in reply to 1

18 Sep 2021, 14:40
As I see it, in simple terms teaching comes in two broad styles,...
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