Week26

TMA04, Part A (1,000 words)

You are asked to write on the following two papers (about 500 words on each paper – no more than 1,000 in total):

  1. Albion et al.’s ‘Preparedness for flexible access to learning materials: how ready are university students and staff?’Read Albion et al.’s paper[Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)], and then set out for your tutor:
    1. the implications for teachers and/or learners of two or three noteworthy or interesting aspects of Table 7 (‘Percentage distribution of student responses about usefulness of access modes’); explain your reasons, and quote the percentages involved.
    2. the suggestions you would give to the staff at a university such as USQ about how to encourage mobile-enabled learning among students, based on the answers to the four questions on pp.33–34.

    Write about 500 words in total.

  2. Thorpe’s ‘Effective online interaction: mapping course design to bridge from research to practice’Using Google, the OU Library (see Week 10a) or other means, locate the following paper:
    • Thorpe, M. (2008) ‘Effective online interaction: mapping course design to bridge from research to practice’, Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, vol.24, no.1, pp.57–72.

    Then set out for your tutor:

    1. some of the main implications for practitioners of the way in which diverse forms of interaction were designed into The Environmental Web.
    2. your view on whether a similar design could be adapted for part of H800. The content of the H800 activity would obviously not be Small Island States but a topic central to H800. Identify the week or weeks in the module where it might be located, which learning outcomes it would deliver, and any major changes that would be required to the design in your view, with a brief explanation of why the change(s) would be necessary. In choosing the learning outcomes, you may select from the 16 listed for H800, or develop your own. If you develop one or more of your own, note that learning outcomes should generally be phrased as students learning how to do something (‘demonstrate’, ‘locate’, ‘compare’, ‘describe’, etc).

    Write about 500 words in total.

How to structure TMA04, Part A

Use the title of the Albion et al. paper as the heading for your first major section. Within that section, insert the following subheadings:

  • ‘Some implications of Table 7’
  • ‘Encouraging mobile-enabled learning’.

You will probably find it valuable to quote briefly from Albion et al.’s paper. (You do not have to write about Table 3, but you may note in passing that some of its totals are incorrect.)

Use the title of Thorpe’s paper as the heading for your second major section. Within that section, insert the following subheadings:

  • ‘Some of the main implications for practitioners’
  • ‘Application to H800’.

You will probably find it useful to quote briefly from Thorpe’s paper.

For Part A and Part B as a whole, list your sources in a single References list set out according to the instructions in the Assignment Guide. This list will not count towards the word limit.

Note: make sure you have re-read your tutor’s PT3/Assessment Summary and in-text comments and advice on your TMAs 01 and 02 before you start writing. If you can’t get the in-text comments to print out, ask your group – someone may have met/solved the same problem by choosing different print options (for example, in Word 2003, print ‘Document showing markup’). Please also make sure you have understood the assessment criteria.

TMA04, Part B (3,000 words)

Please read ‘Important notes on TMA04, Part B’ below, before you start writing, and make sure you have understood the assessment criteria.

‘Learners now have ownership of technology-enhanced learning.’

Consider the statement above. Then write a 3,000-word essay – illustrated if you wish with screenshots, diagrams, other images – to explain to your tutor:

  1. what you consider to be the most powerful arguments and evidence in support of this claim
  2. what you consider to be the most powerful arguments and evidence against it
  3. your own position in relation to the claim
  4. some of the principal implications, for practitioners in technology-enhanced learning, of the points you have made so far in Part B.

Important notes on TMA04, Part B

  • Your answer needs to explain the way(s) in which you interpret ‘ownership’ in its broadest sense (beyond mere ownership of devices).
  • Your answer also needs to explore the arguments and evidence both for and against the claim. Having considered these, you are of course welcome to adopt a definite position or to sit on the fence. Whichever position you adopt, please explain your reasons.
  • You may interpret ‘learners’ and ‘learning’ to include formal, informal and non-formal learning, and ‘teachers’ and ‘teaching’ to include formal education, training or any other aspect of supporting others in their learning.
  • In explaining the implications for practitioners, you may write about your own practice or context, and/or about one or more other contexts that you know or have read about.
  • In your answer, draw selectively on material from Block 3 (Web 2.0 and 3.0, Mobile 2.0 and learning with handheld devices, Education 2.0, practices with technology and so on) and optionally on material from Blocks 1 and/or 2.
  • Include evidence to illustrate how far learners (including yourself) have ‘ownership’ in at least one of the following:
    • a.H800 forums and/or Elluminate sessions
    • b.blogs
    • c.wikis
    • d.social networking communication – whether inside or outside H800
    • e.any other tools you have used inside or outside H800.

    Give brief examples and quotations (duly acknowledged) to illustrate your points. In your essay you are welcome to use screenshots, diagrams and other images, provided these do not make your TMA04 file bigger than 20Mb in total. There is a ‘fair dealing’ provision in the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 for ‘Things done for purposes of instruction or examination’, so – for an OU assignment – you may use third party copyright content such as other people’s screenshots, diagrams, etc. provided you acknowledge the source/rights-holder. Please don’t crop an image so as to undermine the creator’s original intention, nor remove a copyright symbol watermark from an image. Give each image a caption, and also refer to it in the body of your essay so that your tutor can see which bit of your argument it supports.

  • When you quote a fellow student’s forum post(s) in your H800 assignment, you do not need his or her permission. However, you would need permission if you proposed to quote it elsewhere – for example, outside the H800 website, or in your blog, or in any external source (for example, a report or journal paper). In such cases, you would normally quote it anonymously and would omit any text that might identify the poster (such as the name of their employer).
  • Images do not count against your word limit. Tables do.
  • As evidence that you can ‘seek out ideas and insights from the leading edge of practice and research’ (one of H800’s learning outcomes), draw on two or three relevant resources that are not on the H800 website, and that have been published this year or last. You may have shared these with other students, or found them through your own searching (as practised in Week 10a, Week 18 and at other times). These resources can include digital assets such as videos (for example, on YouTube); as usual you will need to state their source.
  • As with all the assignments, fully acknowledge all material that you draw on or quote from, whether from inside or outside H800: follow the Assignment Guide on avoiding plagiarism, and on referencing.
  • Brief quotations from your sources (all acknowledged in inverted commas, of course, even if you also indent the quotation because it is lengthy) can help your tutor to see the points you are making. In total across your essay for Part B, quote no more than about 300 words.
  • Don’t use the two main papers from Part A, though you may include any additional H800 material that you briefly referred to in Part A.
  • Make sure you have re-read your tutor’s PT3/Assessment Summary and in-text comments on your previous assignment(s) before you start writing. If you can’t get the in-text comments to print out, ask your group – someone may have met/solved the same problem by choosing different print options (for example, in Word 2003, print ‘Document showing markup’).
  • To help you with locating references while you are writing your assignment, we have brought together the references from Blocks 1–3 into one list[Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]. While we don’t guarantee that it contains every reference from Blocks 1, 2 and 3, you should find it pretty comprehensive.
  • Please don’t exceed the word limits; your tutor will deduct marks for overrun and may stop reading/grading once s/he has read to the word limit.

How to structure TMA04, Part B

You could follow the four-part structure of the question – with, in addition, an introduction and a conclusion. But an essay of this kind can be set out in various ways, and you are welcome to use any structure that you think will be clear to your tutor, using headings as you think best.

End your TMA04 with a single list combining references for Parts A and B, set out as directed in the Assignment Guide. As with other H800 assignments, this does not count towards the word allowance.