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Old 24.09.2021, 15:22
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Re: Open University Psychology

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Just checking on you. How are you feeling about the upcoming academic year?

You've had an interesting vantage point into both the "going to the place of study for classes" model and the "everything's virtual because of Corona" model. I was thinking how many people will be embarking upon a degree right now, which will likely, at least, start virtually, and wondering if you've found any ways to make the best of the situation.

Obviously, it's ideal to be face-to-face when studying something requiring a lot of discussion and debate like psychology.

A law student I know mentioned she's asking fewer questions, and less inclined to comment generally, because of the hesitancy she feels to join the queue to make a comment, then to unmute, perhaps to have some audio or video issues, and it's a bit too formal for her in general (she's feeling under pressure to say more than she previously would have, when she might just have said something akin to "ahhhhh I see").

What has your experience been like?

I did my entire degree virtually (also in psychology), as I was based in the UK but my university was in Australia. I think a lot of how you deal with it depends on your personality. I'm quite introverted and likely would not have participated too much in a classroom. But the virtual journey was wonderful - we had a chatroom, a bit like this forum, where everyone could share their ideas and questions. Our lectures were all pre-recorded so you couldn't ask questions on the spot, however all the lecturers were on the forum too, so you didn't miss anything.

I am considering doing my masters virtually also. It really gives you a lot of freedom, i.e. I can watch the lectures at a time that suits me (often in the middle of the night) rather than have to stick to a schedule.

Obviously my journey is one-sided because I've never experienced the classroom environment, so I'd be very keen to hear from the OP as well, just on how it compares and any pros / cons.
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