Monday, 17 April 2017

DD306 - Living Political Lives - where did that week go.....

Spent a week in Nepal and with one thing and another, time difference, jet-lag, work, sight seeing, I managed to do not a bit of study.

Better crack on today then

Saturday, 8 April 2017

DD306 - Living Political Lives : TMA06 Tutorial

Last TMA tutorial today which was disappointingly attended.

I don't understand why more folk don't go, I got some good ideas for the TMA and the discussions were, on the whole, informative.

So, just the tutorial for the EMA to go and that will be my face to face interaction with the Open University finished.

So, the plan is to churn the TMA out in the week after Easter, and try and get the EMA written in rough form before I go on holiday in May. Don't expect, or want, to do anything on holiday, so will have 36 hrs when I get back to re-read, polish and submit.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

DD306 - Living Political Lives - TMA05 Marked and Returned

TMA 05 came back this morning and I'm pretty pleased with the result, pretty high Grade 2, not too far off of a Grade 1.

However, it now means that unless they slip the grade boundaries, a distinction in this module is pretty unlikely unless I somehow manage to get a point better then the best mark I've had in this course and I don't see that happening on the last TMA as I will be concentrating on the EMA from now on. The better news is that missing a grade 2 on the TMAs is pretty much impossible unless I really make a mess of the last TMA, so its all about getting over 70% on the EMA.

Interesting comments from my new tutor. They are the first tutor to actually correct grammar and wording of my essays, to make them read correctly or better. This shows how hard it is to proof read your own work, as some of the corrections I should have seen myself. 

Also, they pretty much savaged some of my referencing, which has never happened before - but at least they gave clues as to what was required.

So, one TMA and one EMA to go.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

DD306 - Living Political Lives : Still no TMA05 mark back

What is says above.

Very disheartening, very demotivating, very disappointing.

We pay a lot of money to the OU for access to their website, books, seven 2 hour tutorials and to have our assignments marked. While I accept they can't mark them all immediately, mine was submitted pretty early. Hopefully, they will spend much of the weekend marking and I will get this one back shortly.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

DD306 - Living Political Lives: what is the point of the TMA reflection.......

This was my last to find a tutor who marks TMAs really quickly (apparently they do exist), 6th module and 7th tutor, but so far nothing back.

So, I'll moan about something else while I'm here. What is the point of the 50 word TMA self reflections that are a required part of this course. I cannot see what information can be understood or conveyed in these 50 words, the whole exercise seems a complete waiste of a couple of minutes of our valuable time.

I shall add this to the list of unanswered questions such as what is the point of the substitution calculation, especially in light of the fact that grade boundaries are flexible.

I will ask these again when the course survey comes round, but doubt there will be an answer this time either.

Time to check the website again........

Monday, 27 March 2017

DD306 - Living Political Lives : Impatient for my TMA result

The TMA deadline has passed, so I'll now get to see how prompt my new tutor is. Considering I submitted well before the deadline, I'd hope mine will be a prompt return.

This is my first TMA in a year, and so I am impatient for the mark, although to be honest due to the scores in the other 4 TMAs the mark is pretty unimportant for my overall grade, but very important as far as motivation and confidence is concerned leading into the last TMA and the EMA.


Sunday, 26 March 2017

DD306 - Living Political Lives - Room 5 (the final module)

I've been at this degree for six and a half years, basically a module a year and a year off to concentrate on my Edinburgh Fringe show, and now I am starting the last module and have only 1 TMA and 1 EMA to go to finish the degree.

TMA is due before 8th May, and the EMA before 30th May. I have made this a bit more difficult by booking holiday 12th to 28th May, and regardless of my best intentions, I never get anything done on holiday, so best get it sorted as soon as possible.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

DD306 - Living Political Lives - Week 23

TMA week




The first TMA for over a year has been submitted.

I am pretty sure I have answered the question. Was going to look at the problems of political representation for the disabled and LGBT communities, but simply ran out of words discussing disability - so that is what it is on.

The course notes seemed to be steering folk towards discussing gender and sexuality - so I have concentrated on the disabled, specifically those with learning disabilities.

I think it is pretty good, the proof will be in the mark though.