Upon enrolment, every student gets a unique username to access their Google-OUM linked online account. This means, as students, we get a set of apps including Gmail, Drive and Calendar. During the first semester, I was not aware of these perks. I just used it as a means to join the weekly e-tutorials. It was only later towards the end of that semester did I realized that I could keep my modules, research articles and other study-related stuff on that account.
Since this is a student account, there is a possibility that this privilege will be revoked once we complete our studies. therefore, in the long term, it is best to save final assignments in an external drive.
I noticed that for this account, there are extra features associated with the uni account. One of them is the Shared Drives. We are all familiar with the Shared With Me feature. The latter is still there as I get to access recorded lectures by my tutors here. The Shared Drive seems to be a good hub for collaborative work. Perhaps a team assignment. I have yet to use that feature but it could be useful in the future.
Another feature is Priority. It’s like creating a virtual workspace where you could work on a project while sifting through various materials without creating a mess. Kinda like studying in a library with stacks of books on the side. Looking forward to discovering more features on this account.
This semester I have two subjects using MCQ as part of its final assessments. Apart from having a go at its self-test quizzes on the OUM platform – I realized that we could also search for sample questions online. That was what I did for my Statistics in Psychology subject in Semester 5 and I was so amazed that some of the questions coming from these online sources appeared in our final test. At least 3 -4 questions bears resemblance to the format I came across online.
I searched abnormal psychology and there were a few samples available with about 10-15 questions. There were more on this particular website. Although non of the questions appeared in the final exam, at least it gives me an inkling on which part of the subject I need to focus on.
Either way, it is best to go through the questions in the e-weekly lessons and also the sample MCQ on the portal. The exam has ended. Technically, my semester has ended. I can start prepping for the next sem in 2 weeks time. As of now, I plan to read my storybooks. The TBR list is getting so long now.
Even without Google, learners could actually access textbooks in e-book format using the digital library link in the portal. Using proper keywords, learners could find thousands of journals, articles, media and like I said, ebooks from the library. The digital library even has a feature that allows you to store your search results online, which I will put in another post.
These are the subjects I am taking this semester. Again, I dropped the OUM English subject. Perhaps, next semester I can take up to 4 subjects. We will see how the schedule and workload is at the workplace next year first. As usual, a renewed motivation to study every time. My preparation period has not changed much from previous semesters. Just that, part of the tracking has been shifted online. Been using Google Calendar more.
These are the things I have been up to this past weekend.
LOG IN TO THE MyVLE ACCOUNT
Open University Malaysia (OUM) has this virtual learning portal where students log in to get access to their module, digital library and keep up with announcements pertaining to their study. I would double check if I have paid my semester fees and if the exam results have been published fully. Semester fees must be paid dutifully in order for the exam transcripts to be released.
ACCESS THE DASHBOARD
I would download the subject module and keep copies on my laptop and also the given Google Drive. This is so I could read them at work if I have some free time. I would also print out my assignment questions because I am a paper person.
CHECKING ON MY STATIONERIES
It is therapeutic to sort my bundles of sticky notes and loose papers. I would stock up on my foolscap paper, A4 paper and the coloured ones. I’d make sure my pens are in stock especially the refills. My current favourite is the Sarasa Gel INk Pen. I am however also eyeing the Zebra Ballpoint pens as they seem to have very sleek designs. Minci needs cool stationeries to keep the motivation running.
OUTLINING THE SUBJECTS
Before the start of the first tutorial, I’d be sure to skim through the module and get a general overview of what the subject is all about. It helps me to map out on how much time I’d need to spend for every topic of every subject. I would then write down the outline on a piece of paper. Only then I am able to delve into the details. The reference lists are a good guide on the type of resources one could use for further reading and understanding. Once you’ve gathered that information, it’ll be easier to search for it from the digital library.
I still have one more subject to outline. After that, I can start reading the modules at a glance and start my literary research for my assignments. Wish me luck for this semester.