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How to read an online course

Fig.1 Gilly Salmon’s ‘Five Stage Model’ for e-learning

How can you assess what makes an online course from something so complex and varied?

The answer is to think through the components that are likely to be there, or need to be there, in every session, or phase of the learning. 941 more words


Character Sketches for "Come Into My Life"

If there is one lesson that has solidified in my mind while taking The Open University’s Start Writing Fiction course, it is the need to hone the central skill of creating characters. 833 more words


To rep or not to rep?

Over the last few months the question: ‘To rep or not to rep?’ has been on my mind every day.  For the last two years I have been the OU Student Association Representative for Wales and now the Association elections are underway and at the last minute I decided to put myself forward.   834 more words


Almost half of us experience a ‘life crisis’

Almost half of us experience a ‘life crisis’

The Open University urges us to pursue our dreams:

· Unfulfilled dreams and ambitions top list of ‘life crisis’ causes… 465 more words

Current Affairs

The Fear

The time is here. The final push. I have seven weeks and 1 day until my degree is over. Seven weeks and 1 day to write somewhere in the region of 10,000 words. 406 more words

Arty but definitely not farty...

Question: What’s art history for?


a) To give privileged kids a subject to get a degree in

b) To keep art historians in work… 454 more words