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  • Points: 60
  • Code: E891
  • Level: Postgraduate

Student reviews

I enjoyed this course. I was not looking forward to having to be involved with online tutorials, but I was really surprised how the technology worked to allow for these to be so successful. I enjoyed the process of taking part in the online tutorials and didn't miss not having the face-to-face tutorials.

Be prepared to have to read a lot of text from the screen. If you prefer to read from paper, you are expected to have to print the materials out for yourself. I phoned up and asked if a printed version was available, but was told this was only for disabled students. So I was not very impressed that for such a highly priced course I was supplied with hardly any paper study materials, as it's mostly online reading.

Despite these admin niggles, my tutor was excellent and so helpful, she really did make the course enjoyable for me. It was a good start to my Masters in Education.

Course starting: October 2011

Review posted: July 2013

Faculty response

In response to student requests, print-on-demand is being made available for the 2014 presentation, to enable students to buy printed copies of the online material from a third-party supplier. For most students, this will be more cost-effective than printing out themselves.

Disabled students are supplied with a printed version of the materials only if their disability would otherwise prevent them from studying the module.

Please note

Each of the views expressed above is an individual's very particular response, largely unedited, and should be viewed with that in mind. Since modules are subject to regular updating, some of the issues identified may have already been addressed. In some instances the faculty may have provided a response to a comment. If you have a query about a particular module, please contact your Regional Centre.


Module satisfaction survey

The figures below are taken from a survey of students who sat the exam/completed the end-of-module assessment for the October 2013 presentation of E891. The survey was carried out in 2014.

186 students (a response rate of 32.4%) responded to the survey covering what they thought of 10 aspects of the module.

Please note that if the percentage of students who responded to this module survey is below 30% and/or the number of responses is below 23 it means that only a small proportion of students provided feedback and their views as shown here may not be fully representative of all students who studied the module.

See this page for the full text of questions and more information about the survey.

% Count
Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of this module 64.7 119
Overall, I am satisfied with my study experience 64.7 119
The module provided good value for money 51.4 94
I was satisfied with the support provided by my tutor/study adviser on this module 80.4 148
Overall, I was satisfied with the teaching materials provided on this module 65.8 121
The learning outcomes of the module were clearly stated 79.8 146
I would recommend this module to other students 51.9 94
The module met my expectations 55.7 102
I enjoyed studying this module 51.1 94
Overall, I was able to keep up with the workload on this module 76.9 140
Faculty comment: "We are pleased that the majority of students were happy with the level of OU tutor support offered on E891.  While many students felt the module had clear learning outcomes and provided good tutor support, there were low levels of enjoyment and some felt that it didn't meet their expectations. We recongise that this first module introduces students to new concepts and ways of thinking  which can be a challenge at the start of the qualification. This can cause dissonance before students have appreciated the application of this module study in their future studies.  In response the module team have provided additional support including examples of the real world application of research concepts and theories. "
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