It is a requirement of the role to have access to a personal computer (PC) and you will be expected to have basic PC skills, basic digital literacy and be able to use standard office software e.g. word processing and e-mail. However, for modules which use specialist software it will be provided and online training will be made available. Please be aware that some of this software will only operate within a Microsoft windows platform. All modules taught by associate lecturers require access to the internet as you will be required to regularly access information from a website, for example information relating to your student group. You may also be expected to mark your student's assignments using your PC.
Before applying for a vacancy you should ensure that your PC meets the minimum requirements of the module you are applying to teach. Information on PC specifications are included within the module description available at Study at the OU.
You will be required to use your OU email account for administrative purposes and to make contact with and respond to your students, regional/national and faculty colleagues. The OU's primary mechanism for communicating administrative and some module information is via email.
The University uses methods of electronic communication and teaching through on-line learning systems. The online learning system means that associate lecturers use tools such as blogs, online forums, wikis and e-portfolios. If you apply to tutor with the University you should be aware that it is a requirement of the module that you have the necessary IT skills or are willing to undertake training to gain such skills.
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