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MA Creative Writing part 1

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  • Points: 60
  • Code: A802
  • Level: Postgraduate

Student reviews

I have enjoyed OU study until this module, which I found to be a lonely one with no tutor feedback on the writing submitted to the weekly activities.

Each week you offer up your own work for critique (often bland or non-existant) by other students and your critique of their work, but never find out what a professional/tutor's opinion is on anything posted, so never feel any the wiser, or know if what you thought / have written as critique is on the right lines.

Other MAs offer such tutor involvement and directed collective discussions as a matter of course, and I expected it here.

Tutors just comment on your 3 graded assignments. My tutor's feedback was excellent, but not everyone was happy with their tutor, who is your one and only contact with the OU creative writing teaching staff.

Overall, I was very disappointed with this course and felt demotivated. I do not think it is worth the money.

I still want to continue with my MA in creative writing, but wish I had chosen to do it elsewhere.

Course starting: October 2018

Review posted: September 2019

Faculty response

It’s true to say that there are no collective tutorials on this wholly online module, with feedback mainly distributed through forum interaction and via detailed feedback on assessment. However, we do provide a wide range of tutor-moderated forums, in addition to the tutor group, where students can interact with peers and contributions are moderated by tutors with a specialism in one of the four taught genres on the course.

On both modules in this masters degree, we periodically enrich this level of interaction by offering week-long forums hosted by visiting publishing industry professionals and central OU module team members.

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 2016 presentation of A802. The survey was carried out in 2017.

196 students (a response rate of 45.5%) 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 66.5 129
Overall, I am satisfied with my study experience 69.6 135
The module provided good value for money 41.9 80
I was satisfied with the support provided by my tutor/study adviser on this module 79.2 152
Overall, I was satisfied with the teaching materials provided on this module 59.8 116
The learning outcomes of the module were clearly stated 82.3 158
I would recommend this module to other students 55.2 107
The module met my expectations 59.5 116
I enjoyed studying this module 80.3 155
Overall, I was able to keep up with the workload on this module 82.5 160
Faculty comment: "For this first presentation, the Module Team are pleased to see an 'enjoyment' rate of 80.3% with 79.2% valuing the support offered. 59.8% approval on materials is partly due to the wholly online teaching, with no printed book available. The two lowest scores relate to a perceived lack of value, linked to the fact that there is no face-to-face element which affects the numbers who would recommend it, Overall however, in relation to the areas which the Module Team can manage, both the experience of the module (69.5% approval) and the quality of the module (66.5%) reflect the good teaching throughout."
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