New course about to start!
We’re just about to go live with our new masters-level course ‘Practice-based research in educational technology’ or as we at the OU affectionately call it ‘H809’. This is part of our Masters in Online and Distance Education. This is the first course I have been involved with producing at the OU. As many of you will be aware teaching at the OU is team-based. Course production and delivery are separated; so a team of academics produce the course, whilst a different team help deliver it (in OU speak this is called ‘presentation’).Students are guided through their studies with the help of associated lecturers or tutors. It’s been a really interesting experience being part of the team producing H809. The course is chaired by James Aczel. His vision was to produce a course about researching in this area – taught through the research itself, therefore the course is primarily based around a series of key readings representing different facets of research and methodology in this area. We will be using discussion forums for structured debates and we also want to encourage students to keep a blog, so that they can get a feel for what it is like to be part of the online research blogging community! The tutors role is vital. They will provide support to the students, help monitor the online discussions and keep an overview of students’ progress. We have an excellent bunch of tutors supporting the course, who all have extensive experience in the field. Further information is available via courses in IET and the MAODE.