Student Engagement

Now that we have Sahm’s final, super duper CORRE workflow template to put our learning materials through, our discussions during the past few days have taken a step back from the intricacies of the materials themselves, and centred more on our current status in terms of gathering materials, and, for those that we have, what stage they are at in the workflow.

It quickly became clear to us that we are quite advanced in CORRE with some materials, and therefore we should start making some concrete plans to validate the materials with a view to releasing them. 

Gabi produced some wonderful charts and a timetable which were discussed in our Project Meeting yesterday, and following on from that today we met with Alex Smith, our Student Representative and the University’s Academic Affairs Officer.  

During the meeting it transpired that Alex had actually used an element of MIT’s OpenCourseWare during his studies and he was incredibly enthusiastic about the usefulness and benefits of such materials, which is wonderful news for us. We hope that once the OTTER materials are available for download, students will be as excited by them as Alex was about his experience of MIT!

Overall we felt the meeting was extremely useful and we are all positive that Alex can help us both establish contact with the student community to allow us to engage them in recruiting students for the impending initial reality checking process, and help us fine tune our scheduling so that we can ensure we get maximum take up from the student population.

Tania Rowlett

30 July 2009

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