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Learning Platform - Oxford Uni. Has anyone's DC done these courses/classes?

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sandyballs Wed 19-Dec-12 09:33:53

DD, Year 7, has been asked to participate in an online master-class and I've been googling but not found much info on it really.

sandyballs Thu 03-Jan-13 10:58:54

You're right Jenny, they are supposed to do it twice. 50 words each time, for and against.

sandyballs Wed 02-Jan-13 21:53:05

Blimey didnt see that! Wonder what DD will put down, shes very literal! It is interesting isn't it.

jennywren123 Wed 02-Jan-13 21:41:30

Crikey, have you seen the reasoning subject for tomorrow's unit Sandy, Zaz? Euthanasia shock . Should prompt an interesting discussion.

sandyballs Wed 02-Jan-13 20:20:32

Maybe my DD has got it wrong Jenny, I'll check later.

ohfunnyhoneyface Wed 02-Jan-13 19:20:58

Yup they get a certificate awarded by Oxford University and the people marking/running the course are academics from Oxford uni.

I imagine it will look quite good when applying for college/uni later on.

zaz123456 Wed 02-Jan-13 18:38:52


My daughters school is paying for this, just wasnt sure of its purpose.

My daughter completed her test today, she beat yesterdays score, do they get a certificate for this?

She seems to be enjoying completing the units, but then she is competitive!!

jennywren123 Wed 02-Jan-13 15:05:10

Oh, perhaps she has done it wrong. She did 50 words for the FOR argument and 50 words for the AGAINST argument. Oops!

sandyballs Wed 02-Jan-13 14:39:51

I agree Jenny that it's hard for them to stick to 50 words. Particularly if they are including the for and against, which they have been asked to do.

sandyballs Wed 02-Jan-13 14:38:20

It is expensive really at £90 if it isn't through school.

I think the purpose is to get the kids thinking and improve their study skills. Basically stretch them a bit further out of school and get them into that mindset of doing a bit more.

DD has just done her second unit and seemed keener today. I think it helped that we suddenly realised we could see yesterdays score and she was keen to beat it.

zaz123456 Wed 02-Jan-13 13:23:08

My daughter completed a unit last night. It was a nightmare to get logged on as the website was down!! Finally when she did log on she completed the tests in less than an hour.

Im unsure of its purpose etc, can anyone help answer this

Amber2 Wed 02-Jan-13 13:01:05

This is interesting...I looked at these individually (I've never heard of it except through the net) but at £90 for one short online course on one particular English book it looked too expensive for what it was (and it is not exactly clear what is involved) so I decided not to sign up for it ...looks like some schools use it for a quasi G&T type extension activity perhaps (and therefore you get it for free).

jennywren123 Wed 02-Jan-13 09:21:47

DD done today's unit. She has a friend round today and was eager to get it done and out of the way. Again took about an hour. Most of the time trying to get each argument down to 50 words.

sandyballs Wed 02-Jan-13 08:15:33

It didn't take two hours, prob an hour and that's including the yawning, stretching and staring into space grin.

I wondered that about the four units.

jennywren123 Tue 01-Jan-13 23:58:26

DD did the first unit this morning which I think she found interesting (although she did say that she'd rather be watching the TV hmm).

She is also in year 7. We had a letter home saying that the school had been allocated 10 places for this course and to contact school asap if we wanted to apply. Another letter followed a few days later to say that more people had applied than places available, but the organisers allocated enough places for everyone.

How long did it take your DD Sandy? I didn't keep track of the time, but definitely no where near the 2 hours estimated, but I noticed that the website now says that people had feed back that it was taking longer than 2 hours confused.

Also a bit confused that it's a four unit course, there seems to be one unit a day, but it's for five days. I'm sure it will all become clear soon!

ohfunnyhoneyface Tue 01-Jan-13 21:54:33

Well good luck, and I hope she starts to enjoy it!

I'm putting together a compelling proposal now!

sandyballs Tue 01-Jan-13 20:33:08

She's 11. I think she said about 15 kids were asked to do it.

ohfunnyhoneyface Tue 01-Jan-13 15:54:56

They've just added a new English one!

I think they look great- sandy how old is your daughter? Yr 7? Did the school put many kids in for it?

sandyballs Tue 01-Jan-13 14:00:24

Well I'm pleased to say DD has completed day one! Reluctantly to start with, but I think she actually enjoyed it! Although she would obviously never admit that to me.

It was fascinating funnyFranken, I sat with her to see how it worked.

Has your DD done it Jenny?

ohfunnyFRANKENface Mon 31-Dec-12 17:54:01

Such a shame, Sandy- obviously it's an expensive course and the school must think she's worth it if they have invested the money into her doing it.

I'm thinking of suggesting that students are invited to apply to do the course, in an attempt to weed out less keen students?

I must be a real geek, as I read it and it looks fascinating!

sandyballs Mon 31-Dec-12 11:59:52

That's the one! However, DD is even less keen now, she hasn't even done the intro. We haven't paid for it, school asked her to do it. They obviously think she's bright enough to give it a go and I'm very frustrated that she won't even try!

Haven't had an email about change of times but perhaps that is sent after doing the intro, that sounds like a better idea rather than having to stick to 6-8pm.

ohfunnyFRANKENface Sat 29-Dec-12 14:01:14

I hope she enjoys it! Please let me know what you think of the whole process and if you think it's worth spending money on it.

jennywren123 Sat 29-Dec-12 13:20:23

The one DD is doing is called "Is this the right room for an argument?" It's a critical thinking master-class.

ohfunnyFRANKENface Sat 29-Dec-12 12:04:27

Are these the English ones? I really like the choice of texts and think this is a great idea.

Please let me know if you think they're worthwhile, I'm going to pitch an idea to my head that we should pay for students to do these to stretch our most able.

jennywren123 Sat 29-Dec-12 09:56:27

Sandy, that's the same one that my DD is doing. Ohfunny she has only completed the intro activities so far which comprise reading the course guidelines and completing a questionnaire about their goals/aims for the course and another questionnaire about their thoughts on studying.

Sandy, did you get the email that says that the 2 hours can be done anytime from 8am each day? They don't have to wait until 6pm. That email also said which group your DC is in.

ohfunnyFRANKENface Sat 29-Dec-12 09:11:40

Sandy which one is she doing?

What are the activities like?

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