I attended the AL development event in Bristol this weekend.
The first session looked at how the OU is shown in some online videos made by ex-students. These were an interesting view of how students see the experience. One was made by a young woman who was very positive and she expressed how hard she had to work and that although she had the chance to attend tutorials, she never had the time.
The second session was led by David Knight and he was given quite a hard time by ALs who felt they were undervalued and that some changes are imposed too quickly. He was brave to come in some ways and coped as well as could reasonably be expected considering the disquiet about OU management.
The smaller sesions were both good and I went to a session on academic practice/plagiarism and one on mental health. I particularly felt that the session on mental health was thought provoking. It was pointed out that most mental health conditions are a matter of reporting and that many might be undiagnosed.