6.4.1 Face-to-face CPD
When OU tutors were surveyed and asked which methods of CPD delivery they found most useful, the overwhelming verdict was that events involving other tutors and OU staff were the most useful. This suggests that professional learning is strongly social, in that much of it takes place through networks of contacts.
These networks can interact synchronously and asynchronously. As you have seen inasynchronous methods such as online forums are a very good way to keep tutors in touch with one another but the OU recognises the value of synchronous events too.
Tutors are offered opportunities and supported financially to attend face-to-face staff development events, and these are highly valued.