We´re all new on the site, and most of us don´t bite. Tell us a little bit about who you are and where you come from - it´s an ice-breaker ;-).
Hi, I'm Alan. I was awarded a BA years ago now by the OU and really enjoyed the course and Summer Schools.
I still like to keep in touch from time to and think Platform is an exciting and useful way of doing this. I live in Northern Ireland and work with multimedia in education.
I'm Tracy and I'm one of the content editors on Platform - I used to edit the student magazine, Sesame, but am now moving into the crazy cyberworld.
I've studied the OU's Start writing fiction course and am hoping to study more courses too, maybe get that English MA I've always wanted or do something completely different in science.
Hi Tracy and every one: This is Shawali. I am from Afghanistan. I am on 15 credit
cours(Introducing Environment) at the OU.
It will be really nice to get MA in English. Could you tel me please why do you want to
do some thing different in science? Is it bowring for you?
I feeled happy when I read that you are an editor.
Wish you good luck.
I am David Turpie an Information Manager based in the Library at The Open University. I have worked at here for over 10 years now (wow - is it really that long - 1,2,3,4... yep it is over 10 years). Time flies when you are having fun.
Congratulations to the team on pulling Platform together - the best things come to those who wait.
I'm Kath and have been working at the OU in the media relations team for a year and a bit. I've helped contribute some bits and pieces to Platform - what a learning curve! It's great to see the end result looking so good. Congrats all!!
My name is Jed and I worked at the OU for 8 years before emmigrating to Canada. I also have a BSc and an MBA from the OU.
Hi guys, great work on this, it looks good and I hope it gets plenty of traction for you as part of the move online (of course the OU has 'always' had online communities, but you know what I mean).
Lets hope the new VC does not make you re-do the site in Sharepoint :-)
Best wishes from Toronto
my name is graham and i think i am the first current student here!!!!
i am studying for beng at the moment, enjoying a long weekend - no work till monday so time to sort out cma before business trip next week!!
will pop in every now and then and i'll try to spread the word to get more in here.
good start adn well done
I'm Shirley - project managing the OU's 40th birthday celebrations - and going under the name of dramaqueen because this sums up my personality and my social life. I act, sing, write scripts, direct - to variable degrees of quality - and, because all the world's a stage, I am still auditioning for that ultimate show-stopping role.
Currently the curtain is rising on a year of events and activities for the 40th and platform will be a place to find out more and to join in.
So don't just wait in the wings - step into the limelight and join in!
My name is Robyn and I am one of the Platform editors, working alongside Tracy and Jane on this really exciting project. I've worked at the OU for just over a year now and will be signing up to study my first OU course early next year, so I can experience the student journey firsthand.
I hope you enjoy using Platform as much as I enjoy working on it!
Robyn Bateman (member of the Platform team)
I just started AA100 last October. Still finding my way around but really enjoying it. I'm hoping to do an Arts degree of some kind as I enjoy writing and I think it would be a good way of keeping the ideas coming. Apart from writing I really like music, cinema and the theatre. I like cooking too though and going for a nice long swim in my local gym.
Finding the time to study is a bit of a challenge as I work full time. I really like the idea of an introductory module to iron all of that out. Any suggestions or shared experience would be really welcome.
My name is Judy, and I am on a break at the moment with two courses starting in Feb ED209 and SD226. I have just finished studying DSE232. As you may have guessed I am studying for Ba Psychology but am also very interested in Health and Social Welfare.
I have 6 children ranging from the age of 14 to 9 months, so there is never a dull moment in the house.
We are currently watching Dr. who, which is a favourite of all my guys, who appear to be very understanding when it comes to the TMA's
Well that's me at the moment.
This new site is fantastic. I am a computer science professor in Montreal and I really wish my school would have a comparable platform.
I'm Philip and I am currently an AL in the OUBS, tutoring B700, The Professional Diploma in Management. I have a BSc and an MBA, both gained through the OU and I, as a student, am currently between courses, but am due to start LZX204. Viento en popa in February. I did L194, Portales, and LZX140, En Rumbo, to obtain a Certificate in Spanish and to assist with my move to Spain, where I now live in the area between Alicante and Murcia. LZX 204 is intended to help improve my Spanish so that I can integrate better into the local community. I have found that waving my certificate when my neighbours don't understand me doesn't really work; so I must get better at speaking their language! :-)
Hi, I'm a new student to the OU, im currently starting En Rumbo this february and a level 1 course in Law at the same time. Have you got any advice for a first timer OU student and any study tips for En Rumbo?
Also i actually lived in Spain from age 8 to 12, which back then i was a very good spanish speaker but as i moved back to the uk after that i had lost it almost completly.
Im currently living back in Spain again now and have only been back here a few months (Also in the Alicante area) and i was wondering as you are studying from spain now im assuming, do you get all your course materials sent to you in spain? Because at the moment im sort of living between the Uk and Spain so i have it sent to the uk and then redirected from my brother. If i am in Spain at the time.
I was also wondering how often they send course material. Is it at all different times throughout the course or just once at the beginning or maybe twice?
Sorry for such a long reply!!!
Hope to hear back from you!
Hallo, I'm David. Studying maths. and physics with the OU (having returned, really, to my first interest.) I'm a musician (conductor, choral director, orchestral musician, organist, harpsichordist), married to a viola player.
We live in north Cumbria in the UK. Also run websites for some musical organisations.
Nice to see this site - anything which enhances opportunities for communication and community building is a useful addition to the OU panoply.
I'm Dónal and i live in Madrid. I studied the short course Writing Plays then did the level 2 Creative writing and have recently finished Shakespeare Text& Performance.
I write poems, play Irish music and make videos.
My name is Robert and I live in the Rhondda, South Wales. Over the past few years I have studied courses which have helped me with my work rather than working towards qualifications: such as a management course with the Business school, a course to understand IT, and I facilitated a community course called Equal People.
I like the way the OU works and the materials produced to aid learning are second to none. But I have always particularly liked the ground breaking, inovative nature of the OU. Platform is another example of the cutting edge nature of the OU in education and learning, I cant help feeling this is the start of something very good. I shall follow the development of Platform with great intersest.
I am doing K101
Currently not working ( not for the lack of trying) I seem to spend my days sending in application forms when I do get interviews, the are for jobs that go to the internal candidate or else I am told I "interviewed well" but don't have the relevant experience. Don't interview me than and give me hope duh!
It does however give m loads of opportunities to surf the net :)
I am brand new to the OU, starting the K101 course next month which is quite exciting! I work as a Support Worker in Bristol and have ambitions to formulate my own supported living company. You're the first person I have written to on here, so consider yourself privileged!
Hope to hear from you soon!
I have been involved with the ou for a number of years now. I started studying in 1983, completed my degree and then went on to do an advanced diploma. I subsequently becam an al on the openings course Understanding children and after a few years of that have now come back to the ou to complete a masters. I would be really delighted to hear from any former students who would like to get in touch. Its fascinating to find out what people move on to do.
Hello to all fellow studendts my name is Sandra and I live in Norfolk. I am studying health and social science and have been with the O/U for 10 years. I have a diploma in health and social welfare and 'if' I pass this years course my degree. I took Infectiouse Diseases this year which I found very interesting as I work not suprisingly in healthcare. I would like to make friends and share topics of interest on this site and look forward to hearing from anyone interested in the same similar subjects. Happy studying.
Wishing you all a merry Xmas this year.
I am Terry, and I finished my eighth OU course (LZX130) a couple of months ago.
I work in the field of e-learning, so I am always interested in new online developments and communities. I am looking forward to seeing how platform develops.
Hi, I'm Pat. I live with my 8 year old son in sunny Shoreham by Sea (that's half way between Worthing and Brighton way dwn on the South Coast). I've been studying with the OU for years now and in 9 days time I find out if I have my BSc! Increased working hours have increased the pressure a little so I'm taking it easy next year and hitting a few 10 point (for interest) courses with a aim the getting a Cert in contemporary science. This may seem like working backwards but I admit to being a little addicted to the thrill of receiving those ovely fresh, glossy books from the OU and want to keep the momentum going. May need a little time before committing to adding 60 points for honors.
Hello to everyone - nice new site isnt it.
Hey, I'm Gemma and I'm a press officer at the OU. Empty cans rattle the loudest according to Stuart (see Introduce Yourself!), so I'm going all zippy mouth now while I take a look around.
Hello! My name is Charlotte and I was so suprised to get an email at 0416 from the OU with this facility! Thank you, the site is impressive. I have been doing various courses with the OU for about 8 years. I am enjoying the courses that I have chosen and as someone mentioned, once you get that interest for knowledge, you become addicted to the learning process and the anticipation of spilling out the TMA's.Seasons Greetings and Bon Chance for 2009!
Hey everyone! I'm Richard and I have been studying with the OU for around three years now. Working towards my MBA and currently getting my head round Financial Strategy!
Love the new site :-)
I am involver with the UO Poetry Society who are in the process of revamping our society web site. I am wondering if we can either pick up some ideas, or perhaps use the Platform site for one or more of the features we had thought of putting up on our site, such as the Blog and or, the U-tube features.
In any case the Platform site looks interesting and thanks for putting it up and I hope it is very successful?
Hi I am Helen (Alias 'Juliet').
I am a mother of two (15 and 8) and have been studying with the OU since 2005. I am about to start on my 13th Course! I agree with comments already posted - it is addictive, and I especially like those parcels of glossy new books!
I am currently hoping to do two honours degrees - probably English Literature and Humanities with Religious Studies - but the more I study the more subjects I find interests me, and the more courses I add to the list of 'courses I would like to take!'. I may still be studying when I retire (still a long way off I hasten to add!)
I look forward to discovering more about 'Platform' and chatting to you all!
I'm Sarah and live in Loughborough. I'm just about to start my second course (U212) and working towards my BA in Childhood and Youth Studies.
I made decision to finally follow my dream of teaching so I sold up, moved onto a narrowboat so I could reduce outgoings and working hours. I now work 4 days a week which gives me one day to gain experience in school.
I'm hoping that by having that much experience it will make life easier when I'm qualified in getting a job. Even if it isn't I'm certainly enjoying myself having a day in school.
Great idea to have a forum for us all.
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