What does this mean for distance learning?
Is this why the odd residential school becomes such a focus and a vital memory? On the MAODE modules there are no tutor groups, nor any residential schools.
Does this make the Tutor Group Forum and the Elluminate sessions all the more important to get right?
The tutorial system of the Oxbridge Colleges does two things: it ties the learning to the personality of a tutor and it socialises learning within a small tutor group from (usually) a single college where the annual cohort may be as low as 30 and generally not far over 100.
How can this be replicated online?
The tutor relationship matters. Better and immediate tools engender the possibility of a closer relationship but the OU isn't geared up for it.
Are Associate Lecturers chosen for the e-moderating skills?