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Perceptions, Expectations and Experience of Group Tuition: towards a shared understanding amongst stakeholders

Project leader(s): 
Anne-Marie Gallen and Ann Walshe
Faculty: 
STEM
Status: 
Archived

This project was concerned with supporting the Open University Group Tuition Strategy by identifying and developing a common understanding across various stakeholders of good (group) tuition practice in the Open University. The intended impact of the project was to ensure students will receive effective student-centred tuition due to an increased shared understanding of the purpose of group tuition.  As educators, our aim is to improve the student learning experience within The Open University and beyond.

Alongside a literature review, we ran workshops within and outside the OU to help develop appropriate questions to use in semi-structured interviews. The small project team then interviewed a group of self-selecting OU STEM Associate Lecturers (ALs). These ALs cascaded the interview process to a small group of further ALs, building up a group of 20 interviewees. All interviews were then transcribed and the common themes were drawn out from the transcripts, using thematic analysis. A number of themes emerged.

There is actually little published literature about the purposes of group tuition. Perceptions are formed through individuals’ experience of tuition. We have found that ALs have a wealth of expertise so within the OU, we should look to ALs for an understanding of the purposes of tuition in groups.

Related resources

Walshe, A. and Gallen, A-M. (2017) Perceptions, Expectations and Experience of Group Tuition: towards a shared understanding amongst stakeholders. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Walshe, A. and Gallen, A-M. (2017) Appendix A: AL questionnaire (PDF)

Walshe, A. with acknowledgement to project colleagues (2017) Perceptions of Tuition: Implications For Module Tuition Strategies. (PowerPoint)                                

Campbell, A., Gallen, A-M., Jones, M, H. and Walshe, A. (2019) The perceptions of STEM Tutors on the role of tutorials in distance learning. Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-learning (In Press). (PDF)

Walshe, A., Campbell, A., Gallen, A-M. and Jones, M. (2016) Associate Lecturer perspectives on supporting students through tuition in groups. Presentation from the 5th eSTEeM Annual Conference, 14-15 April 2016, The Open University. (PowerPoint)

Walshe, A., Campbell, A., Gallen, AM. and Jones, M. (2016) Associate Lecturer perspectives on supporting students through tuition in groups. Best poster winner at the 5th eSTEeM Annual Conference, 14-15 April 2016. (PDF)

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