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Accessibility Statement for Developing subject knowledge for the primary years (E209)

Mode of study

All of this module’s study materials are online. Online materials are composed of pages of text with images; audio and video clips of varied time lengths (all with transcripts or subtitles); diagrams; and interactive media. Online materials also include links to external resources, online forums and online tutorial rooms. Three readers are provided in hard paper-copies and also online.

Tuition strategy

This module provides a range of learning events online. Although not compulsory, attendance at the online tutorials will help you consolidate your learning.

Working with others

You will be required to work with other students and an element of this is assessed. This includes looking at, and commenting on, others’ work; reflecting on others’ comments on your work; and working together with fellow learners on a project.

Practical work

This is a practice-focused module and if you have access to an early years or primary educational setting, you will be supported to relate theory and subject knowledge development to your practice context. It is recommended that you spend at least 10 days in a practice setting. It is your responsibility to arrange access to a school or early years setting and to liaise with the setting about any accessibility issues. Audiovisual practice examples are provided as an alternative study experience for those students who cannot access a practice setting. Reflections based on practice examples form part of several assignments.

Mathematical and scientific expressions and notations

Mathematical and scientific symbols and expressions are used in parts of the module.

Diagrams and other visual content

The study materials contain a considerable number of diagrams, graphs, video clips and photographs. Reading, interpreting and watching these is an important part of the study of this module. Figure descriptions are provided for all figures and many videos.

Finding information

You will be required to search for, and make use of, third‑party material online. Many links are provided in the module materials. For more independent searches, full instructions are included in the module content. You will evaluate the effectiveness of a range of science websites, identified by you, as resources to support subject knowledge development – this is an assessed activity. Alternatives for assessed research material can be provided to enable you to meet the learning outcomes of the module.

Assessment

This module has Tutor-Marked Assignments (TMAs), which must be submitted online via the OU electronic TMA system and an end-of-module assessment submitted online. You will be required to use applications, such as Scratch and Storybird, for the EMA. Links and instructions are included in the module materials. If you have any concerns about this aspect of the module, please contact us for further advice.

Feedback

You will receive feedback from your tutor on your submitted Tutor-Marked Assignments (TMAs). This will help you to reflect on your TMA performance. You should refer to it to help you prepare for your next assignment.

Schedule

All University modules are structured according to a set timetable and you will need time-management skills to keep your studies on track. You will be supported in developing these skills.

Specialist software

You will use the Padlet tool and Twitter.

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