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Group Tuition Delivery

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Maryja Strickland
1 February 2018

Date: Tuesday 20 February 2018

Time: 10:00 – 11:45

Place: JLB Meeting Room 1 / Live streaming (YouTube)


You are warmly invited to the next eLearning Community event Group Tuition Practice


  • 10:00 - 10:30 Embracing group tuition in S111 Dr Nicolette Habgood (Senior Lecturer School of Life, Health and Chemical Sciences)


The first presentation of the new introductory level science 60 credit online module, S111, Questions in science occurred at the time that group tuition was introduced for tutorials. The tutorial strategy tested the use of face to face cluster day schools, online tutorials at tutor group, cluster and module level and included module wide tutorials delivered by members of the module team as well as a live debate held in the Berrill lecture theatre which was streamed live.

This short presentation will review the S111 tutorial strategy, it’s successes and failures.

  • 10:30 – 10:45 Coffee/tea break
  • 10:45 – 11:15  Planning tuition events in Language Modules: using individual rooms in Adobe Connect Felicity Harper (School of Languages and Applied Linguistics) 


In the 17J presentation, the School of Languages has piloted a ‘Visible rooms project’ for selected modules. Tutors teach all their sessions in their own online tutor group room instead of sharing a cluster tutorial room. Instead of these tutorials being only open to students in the tutor group, they are advertised and open to all students in the cluster. I will report on why we wanted to trial this, how this was set up, and issues that have arisen in both the set-up and the delivery.  

  • 11:15 – 11:45 Perceptions of Tuition: Implications for Module Tuition Strategies Dr. Ann Walshe (Staff Tutor STEM)


Since the inception of the OU, the tuition model has been the provision of tutorials by an AL (Associate Lecturer) to a group of students.  Tutorials are relatively infrequent, and, typically ALs use their professional judgement to choose the content and teaching style so as to best support the students.  Although scholarly attempts have been made to analyse the purposes of tutorials, it is still the practice and perceptions of ALs that defines the nature of tutorial provision.

The recent introduction of module tuition strategies has shifted the responsibility for designing the tutorial provision to module teams.  Although ALs should still use their judgement to adapt their tutorial to the needs of the students attending, each tutorial must have a defined purpose and timeframe within the delivery of the module.

In this seminar we will discuss current AL perceptions about the role and purpose of tutorials in an era characterised by greater focus on meeting student expectations.  We will consider the implications for module tuition strategy design and how an understanding of the benefits of attending tutorials can be shared with our students.

You are welcome to attend for all or part of the event, and we will aim to stick to timings to enable you to do that. If you are unable to attend in person, please join us via the eLC online room.

If you are unable to attend in person, please join us live via YouTube:  Due to a change in AV support, on this occasion only the event will not be live-streamed via Stadium. It will however be recorded so you will be able to watch it on Stadium after the event.

Let us know if and how you are planning to attend (in person or online) by emailing so we can order enough refreshmentsfor people attending in person.

Please also pass on details of this event to any of your colleagues who might be interested in attending.


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