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Supporting Students in Independent Study

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Vicky Cole
25 October 2018

Date: Thursday 8 November 2018

Time: 10:00 – 12:00

Place: Library Seminar Rooms 1 and 2 / Stadium live streaming


You are warmly invited to the next eLearning Community event: Supporting Students in Independent Study


  • 10.00-10.25  From Directed Independent Learning to co-teaching, and back again - Lynda Prescott (Associate Dean (LTI) FASS)

Abstract - Currently independent study at undergraduate level tends to be most prominent in the final stages of our degrees. However, some element of independent study is part of module models for Levels 1 and 2 as well. In the interests of building a staged approach, FASS is adopting the pedagogic strategy of Directed Independent Learning for two new Level 1 modules currently in production, but this planning is also supported by lessons learned from a Level 3 dissertation module where students have engaged in co-teaching, with very successful results.


  • 10.25-10.50  Supporting Independent learning in Psychology - Helen Kaye (Senior Lecturer, STEM)

Abstract - The British Psychological Society (BPS) requires that all students complete a substantial piece of empirical research, generally in their final year of a psychology degree. In DE300 (Exploring Psychology 3) this requirement is met by students carrying out an independent project under the close supervision of their tutor. Students can draw on any area of psychology that they’ve encountered during their studies and use one of 3 methods of investigation to collect data from their peers. To enable the projects to be completed in an ethically and methodologically sound manner DE300 has developed an interactive pre-module course where students explore the research methods available to them. Students are selectively allocated to ALs who have particular expertise in one of those methods, and each is provided with an individual project forum where they share ideas, materials, data, etc., with their AL. The ALs act as project supervisors providing personalised support and guidance as students pursue their individual learning.

  • 10.50-11.10 Coffee / Tea Break
  • 11.10-11.35  TM470: The Computing and IT Project - Soraya Kouadri / Leonor Barroca (Senior Lecturers, STEM)

Abstract - TM470 is the end of award project in a set of Computing & IT qualifications. It allows students to explore in depth an area of Computing & IT Students extending the knowledge from one of their L3 study. It requires a high level of independence and agency with the materials offered supporting the process followed rather than the content of the project. Students are supported by a very experienced group of tutors who act as their supervisors. This is a challenging module for students; we provide a project preparation forum 2 months before module start, for students to discuss ideas for their project; we are also trying to raise awareness of the project from early on, when they start L3 study.

  • 11.35-12.00  How does the Library support students in their independent study? Ute Manecke (Learning and Teaching Librarian)

Abstract - The Library offers a vast number of resources to support students’ independent study including e-books, e-journals, databases and many other resources that can be accessed full-text. In order to make sure that students exploit the library content to best effect, we offer skills activities and training sessions, which are based on the DIL Framework and we offer students 24/7 help and support.  

A recording of this event is now available on: >

The presentations are available to OU staff at:

Details of previous events, slides, etc., can be found on our Cloudworks page, and recordings of many recent events are also available via Stadium.



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