Teaching, learning and assessment methods
Knowledge and understanding is taught through diverse study materials, including multimedia. You will develop your knowledge and understanding through critical engagement with the material. Audio-visual materials offer opportunities to observe and hear from children and young people and to hear from service users, practitioners and researchers. You will work independently with the study materials but are encouraged to form self-help groups with other students communicating face to face, by telephone, email, etc. Tutors support your learning in tutorials and day schools organised locally (where applicable).
The assessment process requires you to demonstrate your understanding of key concepts and theories, to present arguments, to develop and evaluate ideas and to show how they apply these to practice. You are encouraged to assess your own progress frequently through activities in the study material.
Key skills are developed through study guide activities and tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) that offer opportunities to practice and improve. Assessment is through TMAs and in some modules an end-of-module assessment (EMA).
Professional and practice skills are developed as part of an increased understanding and awareness of the experiences of children and young people, and what constitutes good practice. The assessment of practice on the relevant OU level 1 modules is via a virtual project designed as part of the EMA.