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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Learning for free on the internet by Rob Humphreys, Western Mail

THE Open University holds a particular place in British and higher education history by virtue of its special mission – to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.
Open, in particular, to people who do not have the traditional entry qualifications to university.
The OU does not have a monopoly in Welsh higher education in being accessible to “non-traditional” students (itself a rather anachronistic term, I would contend).
But it is unique in having courses and curricula which are designed exclusively around part- time patterns of study, and, of course, offering maximum flexibility, via distance learning.
Recently almost half-a-million learners worldwide have experienced free learning materials from the OU, via the new OpenLearn website. If you haven’t yet, you should take a look.