Posted by: MandyS | August 27, 2011

Activity 1.3

This first activity is about introducing myself so…

I am a solicitor & have worked for the CPS for 22 years but for the last 3 years I have been tutoring on one of the law modules for the OU. It is essentially traditional distance learning i.e. paper based but students have access to a dedicated online website and cafe style forum. Some tutors ( I being one) also provide a dedicated tutor group forum for the exchange of information. Students can attend face to face tutorials & I have ventured into providing Elluminate tutorials for those who would like to attend but can’t. I think that covers my role and context.

Each year, I have had a steady increase in the number of students declaring additional requirements but these students tend to be fairly self sufficient & rarely require any input from me. I presume because the OU is committed to making their courses accessible. The students I have the greatest difficulty with are those suffering ‘mental impairment’; my failing not theirs, as I struggle to judge exactly what their needs are. I often question whether I am doing enough or am I simply sitting back & letting the OU do it for me. In some respects, what I am hoping to achieve is direction in assessing how I fit into providing accessible learning.

I am not myself ‘disabled’ but I do suffer physical problems which, from time to time, can interfere with my day to day activities. Would I declare them? No. Would I ask for help? No. Are they likely to interfere with the ‘accessibility’ of H810? Maybe but I will ask for help if I need it; which I suspect is how my ‘disabled’ students accessibility.

Food for thought…

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