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(re)Fresher's and Orientation (31 January and 1 February)

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Event date: 
Wednesday, 31 January, 2018 - 08:00 to Thursday, 1 February, 2018 - 20:30
Category: 
Student Support
Study Skills
Disabled Students
Discussion
Module level: 
1
2
3
Post Graduate
Faculty: 
Faculty or Arts and Social Sciences
Open University Business School
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies
Open University Law School
Programme:
Wednesday, January 31st
Wednesday, January 31st
Wednesday, January 31st
Wednesday, January 31st
Wednesday, January 31st
Wednesday, January 31st
Thursday, February 1st
Thursday, February 1st
Thursday, February 1st
Thursday, February 1st
Thursday, February 1st
Thursday, February 1st
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Videos:

Video Trailer: (re)Fresher's and Orientation - 2 Day Event

Trailer: (re)Fresher's and Orientation - 2 Day Event
Video: (re) Freshers Day One catch-up (Note: fast forward the footage by 20-30 minutes for the event start.)

(re) Freshers Day One catch-up (Note: fast forward the footage by 20-30 minutes for the event start.)
Video: (re) Freshers Day Two catch-up (Note: fast forward the footage by 20-30 minutes for the event start.)

(re) Freshers Day Two catch-up (Note: fast forward the footage by 20-30 minutes for the event start.)
Video: Welcome to (re)Freshers' and Orientation - Day 1

KAREN FOLEY: Good morning, and welcome to the Student Hub Live. My name's Karen Foley, and this is our two-day Refresher's Orientation Event to welcome news students to the Open University, and to engage with continuing students. Now, some of you may have been to these events before. Some of you, may be joining us for the first time.

But, I bet you're really excited about your O.U. study. And this event is all about you, our audience at home, logging in, logging off. Contributing as much or as little as you'd like to, to the chat, to the voting tools, and to our social media discussions that will follow.

So, let me explain, for those of you who are new, how it's all works. So, this is a live interactive event. And I'm sitting here at the Open University in Milton Keynes, and I've got a range of really exciting guests who I'm going to introduce you to throughout the day.

We've got a fab programme of all the things that we think new and continuing students need to know. You might have been studying for a while, but did you know that you can get appointments with the Careers Advisory Service, or what the library can do to help with your referencing? Well, we're going to cover all of these sorts of things, as well as looking at current topics like mental health, studying with mental health difficulties.

We've got a fabulous quiz this afternoon, as well, our Wheel of Olergies quiz, which is great fun, and we'll fill you in on how all that works and lots, lots, lots more. Now, you should see on your screen that there's a chat option. And we'd like you to say where you are, maybe, or what module you're doing. You might want to say how you're feeling, or where you are in the country.

So, you can chat, and to do that, you just type something in that box and press Enter and you can send it. You can also change the layout of your interface. So, if you'd rather the chat was bigger or smaller, you can adjust it, pressing the little button on the bottom right-hand side of the screen.

And if the chat's moving really fast and you think, oh, that was an interesting point, I'd like to go back to it, there's a little pen button that looks very much like a pen at the top of the chat. And you can press that and then hold it, and you can go back and forwards throughout the chat as well.

Now, on our hot desk today, we've got three people. But first, we have HJ and Zach who are going to explain how it all works and also check in with how you're feeling at home. How are you, HJ and Zach?

HJ: Doing well, as always. I think there's a lot of people very positive and ready to go in the chat, which is always good.

ZACH: Good vibes this morning. People are already looking at their module and reading through materials, which is great to hear, as I know a lot of you are going to be starting in the next couple of days. Lots of study tips going on. Lots of positive vibes. It's been good.

HJ: Yes. We like that. And I have to say, David was here super early this morning, which is great to hear. So, he was ready to go. He must have eaten something quite super to get going that early. But he might be pleased to know that we've got a lot of Davids for the quiz upstairs later on, which I'm really excited about. So, hopefully he can be our Team Home David, as well.

KAREN FOLEY: Tell those new people, HJ, how the quiz all works and why we need so many Davids.

HJ: So, when you come and join us on the quiz, there'll be lots of widgets for you to join in. We like to group up as Team Home. We're on a bit of a winning streak at the moment. We always do better than the teams upstairs. But I think at the same time, there is some test of Google that's got nothing to do with what we're doing.

But yeah, just come and join in in the quiz. You can sit along and just relax, see what's going on, or use the widgets to join in as well. But along with the quiz, like the chat here, anything goes. So, we want you to chat about whatever's on your mind. So, if you're thinking about modules, or not too sure about what's going on, then just put it in the box. Or if you have some questions for our guests, they always love to hear from you.

Actually, we've had some great study tips already, because I know Martha Rose is getting back into studying after a while. So, she's asked, has anyone got any tips for revising? We've had some great ones through as well. I think Devin had a great one too.

ZACH: Devin was talking about using flashcards with questions on one side and the answers on the other, which is a great physical, visual ace to use there. Jess also said, try writing up mock exam questions. And you can actually get past papers from the user websites, or our O.U. Student Association.

Another great tip there. So, really good suggestions. Keep that chat going. Keep all the suggestions and thoughts and ideas and questions, keep them flowing so we can get around to everybody.

HJ: I like some study tips as well. I've been putting my favourite study tips from last week, if you came along to the boot camp, on the board. My favourite one was having a routine and some rewards as well, from Robert. So, any good tips you've got that I'd like to put my board, we'll put some of those up as well.

And if there's anything else you want send us in as well, me and Zach have put our selfies on the board, and we've had a study buddy and some study treats up there as well. So you can send them in to us on Twitter at Student Hub Live, or through our email, studenthubopen.ac.uk. Or along with the chat, anything you want to send us, or anything you want talk to us about, we'll be happy to take it through those channels as well.

KAREN FOLEY: Absolutely. I had lots of emails last week, actually. So, if there's something that you don't want to bring up in the chat but you'd like a response on them, please do email us and we will get back to you. HJ and Zach, you've both been students. I mean, Zach, you're still studying at the moment, and also you work in our SST.

But sometimes I think people can come to this chat and these forums and things and think, oh, everyone's so much more ahead of me and everyone knows each other. And it can feel like a really friendly place, and indeed it is, but can you fill us in? Because O.U. studying is something so unique.

It's unlike anything else that you would possibly experience, all these acronyms, all these things that you do that only other O.U. students get. What might people think, if they're logging on for the first time and think, oh, look, everyone knows everybody else, and I'm not quite sure if I'm going to say the right thing or not?

ZACH: Definitely. It can be incredibly intimidating and nerve racking for some students, and even to a degree myself, when you see so many people that might be ahead of you, or talking about ideas that you might not have had a chance to understand and read through. And what I would just say is that everybody is here to support you.

Loads of people are in the same boat as you. And it's about connecting with people. A lot of people can be sometimes an isolating experience and an uphill struggle, and you've just got to remember that loads of people are in the same boat. You've got your tutors there to support you. You've got your student support team. You've got your employability services later on down the line in your studies.

And your students there, you can speak to on forums and other mediums to share those ideas and feel more comfortable, like you're part of the community, which is what we want

KAREN FOLEY: Brilliant. And we've got lots and lots of Q and A sessions later today, so keep those questions coming in. You can ask them. And hopefully if you don't ask them, somebody else will. But if no one asks them, they're certainly not going to get answered.

Now, I've got lots of things on the table here today, and one of the things I wanted to fill you in on is that this whole Student Help Live, it started a few years ago. And it started when we thought, how can we give O.U. students some sort of freshers experience? How can we welcome them to university?

And we thought, well, we're a distance learning provider, so we'll make a virtual fresher space, so we started these events. But lately we've been thinking, actually, it's not just about brick universities, or distance learning universities. Actually, there's something really unique about being an O.U. student. And I've got some of the things here that are very familiar to me.

When I started studying tonnes of years ago in New Zealand, I remember being in the library. And I was looking up books in the Dewey Decimal system. And I was writing by hand and photocopying my essays, so, I had to copy them. And I did all of this in the library, being very quiet, of course, as you do in libraries.

And then I started studying with the O.U. quite some time later, and I had all these videos. And I remember setting my video recorder and these cassettes and winding them back and things. I may look very young, but actually this wasn't that long ago. And I think sometimes it's incredibly surprising how technology just massively changes our lives in a way that we don't expect.

So, instead of this virtual parallel to welcome people to the university, this is actually something really, really unique and special. And I think often distance education provides things over and above things that could happen in face-to-face institutions. Like you guys out there, tell us where you are. Tell us how you're feeling.

You can all see what each of you are doing on those widgets when you voted. So, please do fill us in and let us know. And I hope that you find this event really, really special. Now, to pick up on this theme about how technology is changing and also how it might change in the future, I'm joined by three very special guests who I'm going to welcome in just a minute.

Here's our Vice Chancellor, Peter Horrocks, Head of Library Services, Rosie Jones, and Head of Technology Enhanced Learning, Mark Nichols. But first, I wanted to show you something, again, very special, which is over the road on campus. And this is where Zach works in our Student Support team. Now, these are the people who will be incredibly helpful for you in your studies, in addition to your tutor and the other students, of course.

But let me show you first what the Student Support team does, and then we're going to come back and have a talk about the state of technology and what all of that has to do with universities and the role of universities in this day and age. I'll see you in about six minutes.

 

Welcome to (re)Freshers' and Orientation - Day 1
Video: Welcome to the OU

Welcome to the OU - 31st January 2018
Video: Open University Student's Association

Open University Student's Association

Any questions - Library edition

Careers and employability services
Video Replay: Essay writing

Replay: Essay writing - 10th October 2017
Video: What your STEM SST can do for you

What your STEM SST can do for you
Video: Studying well with mental health difficulties

Studying well with mental health difficulties
Video: The Wheel of Ologies - January 31st 2018

The Wheel of Ologies - January 31st 2018
Video: Replay: Time management - Fitting it all in - 22nd Jan

Replay: Time management - Fitting it all in - 22nd Jan
Video Replay: Reading - 22nd Jan

Replay: Reading - 22nd January 2018
Video Replay: Note taking - 22nd Jan

Replay: Note taking - 22nd January 2018
Video Replay: Joining in Digitally

Replay: Joining in Digitally - 22nd January 2018
Video Replay: Academic integrity — what does it mean? - 22nd Jan

Replay: Academic integrity — what does it mean? - 22nd Jan
Replay: Encouraging collaboration and avoiding collusion

Replay: Encouraging collaboration - 22nd January 2018
Video: Mental health right now - tips for maintaining and enhancing mid-winter wellbeing

Mental health right now - tips for enhancing wellbeing
Video: Women writers

Women writers
Video: What can Religious Studies tell us about studying? Restraint and celebration

What can Religious Studies tell us about studying?
Video: OULS - the Open University Law Society

OULS - the Open University Law Society
Video: Welcome to (re)Freshers' and Orientation - Day 2

Welcome to (re)Freshers' and Orientation - Day 2
Video: National student survey

National Student Survey
Video: Working with your tutor

Working with your tutor
Video: Support for Students (SST)

Support for Students (SST)
Video: Where to start? The Access Programme - first steps into succeeding as an OU student

Where to start? The Access Programme - First steps ...
Video: How to OU IT - all IT issues - Forums, VLE, eTMA...

How to OU IT - all IT issues - Forums, VLE, eTMA...
Parallel Session 1 – Adobe Connect: How to OU it

Parallel Session 1 – Replay: How to OU it
Parallel Session 2 – Video Replay: Careers and employability

Parallel Session 2 – Replay: Careers and employability
Video Replay: The importance of writing in your own words

Replay: The importance of writing in your own words
Video: OU Students Association Affiliated Groups – Disabled Students Group and Plexus

OU SAAG – Disabled Students Group & Plexus
Video: Studying around the holidays

Studying around the holidays
Video: Some modules are better than others: maintaining and interest when studying two

Some modules are better than others ...
Video: Study intensity

Study intensity
Video Replay: Academic integrity - what does it mean?

Replay: Academic integrity - what does it mean?
Video Replay: Encouraging collaboration and avoiding collusion

Replay: Encouraging collaboration ...
Video Replay: Referencing and common knowledge

Replay: Referencing and common knowledge
Video: Replay: Time management - Fitting it all in - 22nd Jan

Replay: Time management - Fitting it all in - 22nd Jan
Video: Generalist vs Specialist degrees - which do employers prefer?

Generalist vs Specialist degrees - which do employers prefer?
Video: Planets

Planets
Resources

OUSA 

New Website 

OU Students Association Twitter  #OUstudents

OU Students Association Instagram 

OU Students Association Facebook page 

(New) OU Students Association Community group on Facebook

 

ANY QUESTIONS - LIBRARY EDITION

Library website

Help

Library helpdesk contact details

Online training

 

CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY SERVICES – WELCOME TO STUDENTS

Careers & Employability Help Centre 

Twitter account: @OpenUniCareers

Facebook page

Link to page where you can download the Career Planning & Job Seeking Work book 

Link to register with JobZone 

 

STUDYING WELL WITH MENTAL HEALTH DIFFICULTIES

www.mindfulnessforstudents.co.uk

https://help.open.ac.uk/topic/disability/category/support-for-a-mental-health-difficulty

 

MENTAL HEALTH RIGHT NOW – TIPS FOR MAINTAINING AND ENHANCING MID-WINTER WELLBEING

Optional material – could discuss Seasonal Affective Disorder – Do you think you might have it etc?

External sources of information and support

Wellbeing and mindfulness

Support if you have a mental health difficulty

A piece I co-wrote recently for OpenLearn, entitled: “Do I have mental health problems and should I get some help?”

 

WOMEN WRITERS

Link to “Women Writers: Voices in Transition” films

 

OUSA GROUPS – DSG AND PLEXUS

NEW DSG MICROSITE LAUNCHED TODAY our new Microsite address 

D S G Microsite 

D S G Closed Facebook Group 

D S G Open Facebook Page 

D S G Twitter  or @DSG_OUSA

D S G Instagram 

Association Website 

Fortnightly Community Meet Up Link 

OU Students Association Community group on Facebook 

Nightline 

PLEXUS Website 

PLEXUS LGBT+ Facebook Page 

PLEXUS LGBT+ Facebook Group    

PLEXUS Twitter  @OUPlexus

OUSA Societies website

OULS Website

 

WHEEL OF OLOGIES

Acknowledgements for Wheel of Ologies quiz

 

 

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