Some useful OU Tutor sites


John McSweeney

A lovely site with sections about web design and art as well as OU stuff.
Liz Thakray Liz is a tutor in R13 and has some great links to HTML tutorials.
Wendy Clark Wendy's site covers a great deal and is an invaluable source of information and links about organisational dynamics and management. Great layout with clear links and cool design.
John Woodthorpe John's site looks at some alternative operating systems.
Nigel Mercier Useful OU stuff, M150 and M206 too.
Michelle Hoyle A great site with a lecture covering the history of computing from Stonehenge onwards. 
Veronica Yuill Veronica also has a search portal that searches tutor sites - a definite bonus.
Sarah Horrigan The home of the "Yuck" page - worth finding and enjoying.

Sheffield Hallam University

This is a superb site aimed at Distance Learners using the Internet. It includes the following quote:

"Think about the magazine section in your local grocery store. If you reach out with your eyes closed and grab the first magazine you touch, you are about as likely to get a supermarket tabloid as you are a respected journal (actually more likely, since many respected journals don't fare well in grocery stores). Now imagine that your grocer is so accommodating that he lets anyone in town print up a magazine and put it in the magazine section. Now if you reach out blindly, you might get the Elvis Lives with Aliens Gazette just as easily as Atlantic Monthly or Time. Welcome to the Internet..."

From Evaluating Internet Research Sources by Robert Harris, Professor of English, Southern California College.


Useful links

This is where I will put links to any pages anyone thinks are of value. Let me know if any links are broken and I'll fix them. Contribute a link by mailing me with a description and the URL. An IT Glossary. Useful for explaining what CAPI and TAPI are and many other IT acronyms as well as how things work. Good on the web and current protocols.
Altavista Not really a search engine - Yahoo is a web directory (But works in much the same way). Good for general searches.
Google One of the very best search engines at the moment - use it for anything from finding people to finding song lyrics.
Maps from postcodes Just to show what is available. Hit this site, enter a postcode and it will show you a street map, look round the site - some areas also have ariel photographs
Tucows This is a great site for finding downloadable freeware and shareware utilities
Yahoo (UK) The UK based Yahoo search engine. Sub divides information into smaller search groups
WebPagesThatSuck A site dedicated to bringing together examples of poor web sites! It features sites from large companies that don't meet basic design principles.
HTML Primer As good a place to start as any if you really want to get "Weaving the web" with HTML.
HTML Goodies Again some great HTML stuff including cascading style sheets and JavaScripting.
FC Guru The number one site for setting up and using FirstClass for the Open University.
More HTML This time it's from New Zealand
Hobbes' Internet Timeline by Robert H Zakon This is the definitive timeline for the history of the Internet.
List of Internet Timelines Exactly what is says - it's a list of timelines.
History of the Web From the archives of W3C - the Worldwide Web Consortium.
HTML Tutorial This one is superb.