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As an OU student you have access to OU online forums. These can make a big difference to your study as they connect you to other students and keep you motivated. You can share problems and ideas at any time.
To find the forums for your module
The OU uses online forums to provide a way for students to work together, rather than individually. Group working is an important element of many modules - partly because it is the way the workplace is often organised, and employers look for evidence of group working skills. In learning, group working tends to promote deeper understanding of a subject and better critical thinking.
"Forums take the distance out of distance learning."
Online forums are a different way of learning from face-to-face methods, and it is necessary to learn how to use them successfully. For example, there are much longer time delays in an online discussion, and you might miss non-verbal cues such as tone of voice or facial expression. Some differences are positive: you have more time to think about what you want to say. Some are a nuisance: it's possible to misinterpret people's written words.