•18 May 2020, 11:08•Edited by the author on 18 May 2020, 19:58
Section 1, Activity 1.4
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You have now learned more about the OU, its students and its ethos. Did anything surprise you? Has it changed your view about The Open University at all?
These are examples of the type of posts we might expect to see:
"I was surprised by how many people with disabilities study with the OU"
"I was surprised by how many young people under 25 study with the OU. I used to think that OU students were retired people and older people who had missed an opportunity to go to university earlier in life"
"I was surprised at the OU being described as a social movement as much as a university. It has made me want to work with the OU more than ever"
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I was interested that ~75% of registered students were working either part-time or full-time. I think that's quite a amazing statistic. Especially since it seems that continual education to keep pace with changing society and technology are increasingly inevitable.
The word that resonated with me was 'responsive' - and I think that really captures my own approach to my work as an AL. Each student is unique with a unique set of needs and interests, and I like the challenge that responding to individual difficulties presents.
•2 Sep 2021, 13:27•Edited by the author on 2 Sep 2021, 13:28
To be honest, I'm not really suprised either about the statistics, nor about the OU ethos, but then I spent thirteen years studying with the OU for a degree, so I guess a lot of it sunk it.
What perhaps is missing from the questions is prehaps some statistics on older people. I started studying with the OU when I was in my late forties, and graduated in my sixties, as did my wife. It would be interesting to know how many other older people use the OU to get back into learning later in life