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Sarah’s Weekly Newsletter – 19th Feb

Well, we’re headed into Week 3 already!  As normal – if you’re a little bit behind that… don’t worry… if you’re on schedule… good stuff and if you’re a bit ahead… enjoy the space you’ve given yourself.
Some things to note for this coming week.  Firstly, we have a little under two weeks until the first TMA (tutor marked assignment) is due on the 4th of March, so if you haven’t had a look at it (it’s in the Block 1 Companion), then do make sure that you read through it to help focus your work.  If you think you might have any problems meeting the deadline for the first assignment, give me a shout as soon as possible and we’ll have a chat about options.  Also, if you’ve any questions about the assignment itself, then either drop me a mail to my mailbox, or put a question into the tutor group forum and we can discuss it as a group.  Oh, and http://www.open.ac.uk/skillsforstudy/assignments.php is a fantastic place to start if this is your first ever OU assignment and aren’t sure where to start.
Taking a look at this week’s calendar, you should be working through ‘Block 1, Part 3’ – Technology News.  There’s some interesting stuff in there and if you’d like to share the results of your learning styles quiz (from session 3.1) with the other members of our tutor group, then I’d love to hear what people got!
Tutor Group Activity
There is a tutor group activity coming up as well which you should participate in – not least because you’ll need to do so in order to answer TMA 01, question 4!  The activity is in Session 4.4 and invites you to discuss the following issue in our tutor group:
*What is the most important ICT invention of all time?*
Start by posting a message to our tutor-group forum with your own suggestion, and your reasons for choosing it. If your choice of ICT invention has already been suggested by another student, post a reply to their message (using the FirstClass Reply option) explaining why you would also choose that invention.
Then comment on at least one of your fellow student’s suggestions, by posting a reply to their message in the forum (use the Reply option). Say whether or not you agree that the invention is important, giving your reasons.
As you are writing your messages, bear in mind the netiquette guidelines that you have just been reading about
Lots of good stuff ahead this week – I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!

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