I am now a homeworker, living 4 minutes walk from the beach in Redcar, County Cleveland on the North East coast of England. My current role as Staff Tutor (Education) in the School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport (ECYS) involves managing Associate Lecturers across several modules, and undertaking core academic staff duties, including engagement in scholarship and working closely with module teams as needed.
Prior to starting to work for the Open University, I have taught English language in Brazil, France and Vietnam and in the UK. I speak fluent Portuguese and have, on occasions, been mistaken for being a Brazilian - especially when I open my mouth in Portuguese! My wife is originally from Belo Horizonte in Brazil and we have a son and a grandson. On returning from Brazil to the UK in 1990, I did my MA in Applied Linguistics (L2 teaching) at the University of Reading, and worked for 3 years at a private EFL school in Oxford, followed by 3 years as Curriculum Manager, EFL, ESOL and Modern Languages at Reading College. From 1997, I was Principal Lecturer for English Language Teaching (ELT) at the then-Leeds Metropolitan University, before leaving there and starting to work as a Staff Tutor in the then-Faculty of Education and Language Studies in the Open University in 2007, based first in Scotland for 6 months and then in Manchester, up to 2016. I started as an Associate Lecturer with the Open University in 2005, and was a student on the Masters in Education (Management) from 1991 to 1994 ... so I do have a long-ish - and strong - connection with the Open University!
I now work very closely with the Education Studies (Primary) team and the Early Childhood team, working as Faculty Lead in our ECYS Student Support Team (SST) for this sub-team within the School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport (ECYS) in the now Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies. I am also Faculty Lead for Postgraduate Education provision in the School, covering both the Masters in Education and the Masters in Childhood and Youth, and in these Lead roles, I liaise with Programme teams as needed on a regular basis.
Since 2016, OU modules have been organised into 'clusters' and each cluster on big modules is managed by a Staff Tutor in the ECYS School - in this context, I am Lead Cluster Manager for the large Level 1 module, E103: Learning and teaching in the Primary Years, working with a team of other Staff Tutors in managing tuition delivery and the Associate Lecturer team on this module. I am also a Cluster Manager on the Early Childhood Level 1 module, E110: Young children's play and creativity.
I am also an experienced website developer, and can work with Moodle-based sites as well as with OpenLearn Create.
You can find me on Twitter @JamesRoy or on Linkedin as James Roy
My research interests in recent years have been focused on online tuition, and together with my colleague, Dr Lynda Grifin, an Honorary Associate in the School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport (ECYS) we completed a study exploring student and tutor views of working with online forums undertaken with students in 2015. We have presented our findings internally on five separate occasions and our article is now submitted for publication. At present, I am working, together with colleagues, on a scholarship project to explore student experiences of tutorials - both online and face-to-face - on one of my School's biggest Level 1 modules. To this end, my interest is in online tuition and students' experience of online tuition, and expectations around online tuition and online learning.
As an Associate Lecturer, I have tutored on a Level 2 English language module, a Masters module in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), a Masters module in Education Enquiry and, currently I tutor and supervise students on the Dissertation module in the Applied Linguistics pathway of the Masters in Education in my Faculty. In my previous professional lives, I have also delivered in-service development for teachers in and from Norway, and in and from France, focusing on language skills development and language teaching.
As a Staff Tutor, line managing teams of Associate Lecturers, I am also keenly involved in planning and delivering professional development, around many aspects of tuition. I have also led the development of an online resource, housed within OpenLearn, called New EDORO (Education Open Resources Online), which houses course spaces for each undergraduate and postgraduate module in the ECYS School, and also has generic course spaces for resources to support online synchronous and asynchronous tuition, as well as study skills support and student retention.