The course tutor and project work.
Teaching at a Distance , 9
While many people are attracted to the idea of courses which include project work, it is nevertheless quite obvious that the demands made by this kind of work on both students and teachers differ substantially from those made by more conventional courses.
Jane Henry is a Research Assistant in the Institute of Educational Technology and has spent some months studying the various projects currently included in Open University courses and has talked with students and tutors who have been involved with them. In this paper she sketches some of the attractive and the problematic aspects of Open University project work. In particular, she points out areas in which the students' need for support from tutors is far more acute than in other courses, and she offers guidance for tutors new to such courses. She argues that the involvement of tutors in project work is inevitably more intense than with normal assignments and that this should be recognised in the way tutorial provision is arranged and in the rates of remuneration.
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