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The Open University transforms lives. Millions have realised or expanded their potential through flexible education programmes allowing them to study whenever and wherever they choose. From short courses to degree–level study, the quality of The Open University’s teaching programmes and tutors is renowned and respected across the globe.
The Open University has pioneered a unique distance education method called supported open learning, a radical alternative to traditional campus teaching. The Open University is open to new educational methods to support students from diverse backgrounds, taking full advantage of information and communication technologies, innovative learning media and teaching methods. Students are supported by a tutor and support staff, with well planned, structured courses using the best blend of learning media for the subject, including online methods where appropriate.
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.
What is the OU?
Open University course materials anticipate any issues students may encounter and include a blend of formats most suitable for the course, such as DVDs, books, CD-ROMs etc. These are supported by academic and pastoral student support through email, telephone, tutorials, online learning and group collaboration.
Teaching at the Open University
Open University research provides a rich platform of intellectual capital to inform our teaching. It also makes a real difference across the world, to both people and places - adding value to society and the economy. Our multidisciplinary approach brings unique solutions. Examples given include space exploration, health diagnosis and volcano prediction.
Research at the Open University
How can technology help students overcome barriers to their learning, such as lack of time? The Open University offers resources such as an online virtual learning environment, videoconferencing, discussion forums, an online library and the Virtual Microscope.
Educational Technology at the Open University
The Open University works in partnership with education organisations around the world, in countries such as Africa, China and Russia. Supported open learning enables universities to offer a high quality education to a large number of students, who have the option to work alongside part-time study.