(re)Freshers Orientation – 3 February 2020 – Trailer

The OU essentials: How do I study at the OU? Introduction to what's what – 1 February 2020
What is the Student Hub Live?

What is the Student Hub Live?

Welcome to Student Hub Live, a series of live, interactive events open to everyone at The Open University. We produce a range of online activities designed to support all OU students in their studies and build academic community. Visit our About page to find out more about what kinds of events we run, and how you can join them using your device of choice.

Upcoming events

Critical thinking is a key skill in higher education and involves evaluating and weighing up information as well as considering how well it explains a concept or is fit for purpose. Developing your critical thinking and writing skills is beneficial as you’ll be able to show  why you have included something and demonstrate a good level of understanding. We’ll explain some of the things that tutors look for to demonstrate understanding and critical thinking, as well as some of the indicators that this is not being done.

This session will be held online twice. Please note that you will need to book a free ticket to attend this Adobe Connect Online Room event. Tickets for the morning session from 11:00 to 12:00 are available here and for the evening session from 19:00 to 20:00 are available here.

Average: 5 (1 vote)

A great source of support for students starting in February 2020, the “OU Essentials Programme” has three one-hour online workshops, each designed to help you kick-start your module.

This workshop introduces you to study at the OU. You'll get an idea about how students learn at the OU; we'll show you around a virtual learning environment and highlight the important online resources you will need. We will also show you how to use forums to connect with your tutor group and other students and briefly explain how to submit and receive your assignments. Your module's study planner is a useful resource for helping to plan your workload each week, and in small groups we will talk about how to use the materials available on your module to fit your study into your week. As well as helping you become familiar with the systems and processes you will need as an OU student, this session will be an opportunity to meet other students.

Please note that this workshop is scheduled to start at 10:00 and will last 60 minutes. You will need to book a free ticket to attend this Adobe Connect Online Room event. You can book your free ticket here.

Average: 3.3 (4 votes)

A great source of support for students starting in February 2020, the “OU Essentials Programme” has three one-hour online workshops, each designed to help you kick-start your module.

Time management is the most common challenge for OU students who are often juggling other responsibilities alongside their studies. In this workshop we'll provide you with some time management techniques and frameworks that may help you to manage your time more effectively. We'll also discuss strategies that other students have used, and you'll have the chance to talk to other students in small groups about how to apply some of these ideas to your own situation.

Please note that this workshop is scheduled to start at 11:30 and will last 60 minutes. You will need to book a free ticket to attend this Adobe Connect Online Room event. You can book your free ticket here.

Average: 5 (2 votes)

A great source of support for students starting in February 2020, the “OU Essentials Programme” has three one-hour online workshops, each designed to help you kick-start your module.

Writing academically demonstrates successful learning in higher education but it isn't always thought of as a skill in its own right. In this interactive SHL session we will look at some of the key features of academic writing and explain how you can develop your academic writing skills. We'll give a tutor's impression of what constitutes good communication as well as a student's viewpoint on how to achieve this.

Please note that this workshop is scheduled to start at 14:00 and will last 60 minutes. You will need to book a free ticket to attend this Adobe Connect Online Room event. You can book your free ticket here.

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This live, online and interactive event is a fun way to find out about the OU and meet other students. Featuring both daytime and evening sessions, log in from the comfort of your own home — or coffee shop — to view the event, chat with other students and participate in our studio panel’s discussions.

We’ll talk you through learning with the OU, share study hacks from other students, and offer tips for fitting coursework into your busy life. Hear from some of our academics, who will share practical advice on topics including time management, delegation and the complexities of juggling study with other responsibilities like being a carer.

Learn about the services and groups available to support you in your studies and, of course, get the real lowdown by chatting with other students. We hope you can drop in!

Average: 4.3 (3 votes)

Communicating online may be very familiar to many people but effective online communication is something that often needs work. What might be appropriate and understood in social media settings is unlikely to be appropriate in an academic setting. In this workshop we’ll look at some of the key skills involved in using online information for a purpose and how to communicate in a way that fits the need and shows your understanding.

Please note that this workshop is scheduled to start at 19:00 and will last 60 minutes. You will need to book a free ticket to attend this Adobe Connect Online Room event. You can book your free ticket here.

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This workshop will focus on essay planning. It is aimed at those already planning their writing but who may not be doing themselves justice with that planning. It will look at how to ensure the essay is aligned with what is being asked for, including critical information.

Please note that this workshop is scheduled to start at 19:00 and will last 60 minutes. You will need to book a free ticket to attend this Adobe Connect Online Room event. Tickets will become available in January 2020.

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This workshop builds on the planning session and will cover the drafting and editing process of essay writing. Often you might know what you want to say but aren’t able to get everything in within the word count, or are unclear on the order to put information. We’ll cover some of the key points of good essays and help you to think about what works and how you can weave your evidence into a great essay.

Please note that this workshop is scheduled to start at 19:00 and will last 60 minutes. You will need to book a free ticket to attend this Adobe Connect Online Room event. Tickets will become available in January 2020.

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Catch up

This workshop builds on the planning session and will cover the drafting and editing process of essay writing. Often you might know what you want to say but aren’t able to get everything in within the word count, or are unclear on the order to put information. We’ll cover some of the key points of good essays and help you to think about what works and how you can weave your evidence into a great essay.

Please note that this workshop is scheduled to start at 20:30 and will last 60 minutes. You will need a ticket to attend this Adobe Connect Online Room event. You can book your free ticket here.

After the event, you can watch the recording here (click on 'view previous recordings' button). The group work and plenary are not recorded. 

The slides from the event are available here.

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Time management is the most common challenge for OU students who are often juggling other responsibilities alongside their studies. In this workshop we’ll provide you with some time management techniques and frameworks that may help you to manage your time more effectively. We’ll also discuss strategies that other students have used, and you’ll have the chance to talk to other students in small groups about how to apply some of these ideas to your own situation. Please note that this workshop is scheduled to start at 19:00 and will last 60 minutes. You will need a ticket to attend this Adobe Connect Online Room event. You can book your free ticket here

After the event, you can watch the recording here (click on 'view previous recordings' button). The group work and plenary are not recorded. 

The slides from the event are available here.

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Whether you’ve completed your first or twenty-first assignment, it’s a good idea to reflect on what you did, and what you might do differently next time. Primarily aimed at Access and Level 1 students, this interactive workshop will look at how you planned and completed your assignment as well as how to take on board and make the most of feedback. 

Please note that this workshop is scheduled to start at 19:00 and will last 60 minutes. You will need a ticket to attend this Adobe Connect Online Room event. You can book your free ticket here.

After the event, you can watch the recording here (click on 'view previous recordings' button). The group work and plenary are not recorded. 

The slides from the event are available here.

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