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About This Webinar

The Open University (OU) has been supporting students at a distance for 50 years. In the last ten of those years we have moved to working online and that brings both benefits and challenges for Tutors. This session will explore the OU model of tutoring and offer ideas and guidance based on our collective experience to those who find themselves in the position of tutoring online in the current climate. We aim to generate group discussion around tutoring online, identifying good practice across our institutions and sharing tips about what works and what doesn’t across our different contexts.

About the Presenters

Tamsin Wisher is an Assistant Director at the Open University (OU), leading a small team to work across faculties to deliver development and support to 4,300 Associate Lecturers. Tamsin has a keen research interest in supporting and developing Tutors working at a distance and sits on the UKAT Professional Development Committee. A Senior Fellow of the HEA, Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association and Associate Lecturer in the Faculty of Business and Law, Tamsin has over 15 years’ experience on the front line of tutoring at a distance.

Anne Campbell is an Educational Developer at The Open University and a current HE teacher, with around 30 years’ experience in face-to-face, online, and blended teaching. Her current focus is in working with the OU’s distance tutors on how to facilitate learning in the online environment. Anne has a track record of leading, designing, delivering, and evaluating innovative online professional development at scale. In addition to her educational research and scholarship, Anne has a diverse academic research background in the physical sciences.

Cath Brown is on her third Open University degree and is current president of the Open University Students Association. She has also been a secondary school teacher for over 25 years. She has experience at both ends of online tuition.