Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Making my mind up

The OU course saga rumbles on.

So far this week I've managed to talk to a couple of people at OU central and neither of them really seemed to know what the new course, the one where you do the course for the fun of learning and get a certificate at the end that says you've done it, really entails.

Today, however, I did have a conversation with someone at the OU in Scotland who did actually know what the course entails, but sad to say I'm still a bit confused as to which way to jump. The main problem is that I would probably have gone for the new course presentation (the one where you're not assessed) if I'd have known about it rather than this one.

One good thing is though, the other course has no book and all reading and work is online, but because I did sign up I've got the book, and I don't have to send it back even if I do swap over... hooray for real books!

Even though I'm still debating as to which course I'll finally end up doing, I can tell you that I have learned quite a bit already and to prove it here's a bit of cloud info for you: today our Scottish skyscape is covered with stratus cloud, or in other words it's a crap, grey day!

Hooray! A book and some learning... what more could I want? Oh yes... a mind made up would help considerably....


  1. Sounds like you're erring towards the non-assessed version. If you hadn't started yet and were presented with both options now which would you choose?

    1. Funnily enough I'm erring towards the assessed version! But to answer your question, I would have done the non-assessed one if I was presented with the option now.

      My reasons for staying on the course: I've already started; I get a tutor and someone to help if I get stuck (whereas the other course is totally self directed); I get the forum (well we all know how helpful that can/can't be!); I get 10 credits towards another degree (whoopee!).

      My reasons against: I have the stress of an ema; I have the stress of an ema; I have a stress of an ema!

    2. Ah the assessed version sounds far better value for money. You could always do the course utilising all the things you've said and not do the ema if it's too stressful. Or just mosey along and see how you feel nearer the time. The non-assessed version - sounds like you might as well just read the book.

  2. There's something quite poetic about our Scottish landscape being covered in stratus cloud. Perhaps you should become a weather presenter and make us all feel better about crap grey days!