Thoughts on Web Technologies (TT284)

TT284 Web Technologies is a level two Open University module now in its second year of presentation and compulsory on the solutions development pathway of BSc (Hons) Computing and IT (B62). From the module description:

This course will give you an insight into architectures, protocols, standards, languages, tools and techniques; an understanding of approaches to more dynamic and mobile content; and demonstrate how you can analyse requirements, plan, design, implement and test a range of web applications.

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TU100 11J café read only

As the students await their EMA results, for me and Nicky TU100 finishes as the Café goes read only. Moderating has been an interesting experience. Thanks to all those who took part – there have been some great discussions.

All the best for their future studies, I hope you get the results you worked for.

MT254 TMA 01

First TMA on MT264 (Designing applications with Visual Basic) got returned today – 96%. I’m very pleased with that and exceptionally lucky given that I read the material in a week, attended one on-line tutorial and wrote the assessment in a couple of days.

I’ve seen complaints on the module forum that tutors aren’t getting assessments back to quickly enough. The cut off was the 15th (I submitted on the 13th) and it was returned on the 27th, I don’t really see what the problem is.

Nested selection reared its head again but I didn’t lose any marks for it. In every programming module I’ve been picked up for using Else If so I played it safe and used nested If statements. So I was advised to use Else If proving I can’t win!

 

Café

Well that was emotional, the TU100 forums opened yesterday. My poor co-moderator Nicky got thrown in to the deep end (I was at a mess top table).

I checked in before work, and there were a few posts (about two dozen) so I thought we’d be OK. Checked in earlier and there’s several hundred!

I’m studying for MS221 and MT264 but it’s clear I’m going to have to put some time in this weekend reading through TU100’s material – especially with Sense, which seems to have captured student’s imaginations.

TU100 Café

I’ve submitted T175‘s EMA and I don’t mind saying its a relief. Although not a difficult module, the OU changed the Computing degree structure introducing TU100, replacing T175 and M150 (which I did several years ago). Along with MST121 I had thought that I had my level one courses out of the way but with the changes, I needed to take T175.

This course used Moodle forums rather than FirstClass. This seems to have been a lot more accessible to new students and the Café in particular has proved popular. The Open University have kindly asked me to be one of the moderators in the Café on TU100. It came as quite a surprise – I hope I make a good job of it!