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University of the Future

‘University of The Future’ shows how the OU has harnessed new and emerging technologies to enable students to study from their computers, mobile phones, mp3 players and tablet devices – without necessarily having to open a book.

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What is the OU?

The Open University is one of the world’s largest universities. Through a pioneering teaching method called supported open learning, students can study for a recognised degree at a distance. Flexible and accessible education programmes enable students to transform their lives.

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Making Music Together

Recording a DJ set, designing a cd cover, and a guitar lesson. Behind the scenes the facilitators discuss the group's teamwork.

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Education is important both for individual success and society’s continuing development, and offers the exciting prospect of making a difference. With the changes now taking place to widen participation and strengthen teaching and learning at all levels, education is – more than ever – a dynamic, challenging and rewarding sector to be involved in. The OU has been delivering education courses for more than 25 years and now offers a wide range of professional and undergraduate qualifications for practising teachers, plus general courses to help you support your own child in school.

Subject highlights

TESSA - No Hiding Place

Vitus, a policeman, goes into school to explain his work

Teaching and learning in virtual worlds

Dr Kieron Sheehy of The Open University talks about The Open University presence in virtual worlds.

TESSA - The Chase

Ezekiel is too embarrassed to explain menstruation to Njideka and she becomes frightened and runs away. This causes lots of problems in the...

TESSA - The Smart Father

Linus deals with bullying in a clever way.

TESSA - The Show Must Go On

Ejike continues with a prize giving ceremony despite suffering a personal tragedy.

Developmental disorders

Professors Maggie Snowling and Charles Hulme give an overview of the main developmental disorders in language and literacy.