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Part-time higher education in the second decade of the twenty first century  Pete Cannell: Depute Director, The Open Unive...
The OU in Scotland Campus Based upon Ordnance Survey BoundaryLine ®  data © Crown Copyright 2008. All rights reserved. Ord...
Profile of OU in Scotland students 1,470 Credit transfer awards prior to  study 6% Students with disabilities 29% Students...
Continuity and change  <ul><li>OU in Scotland part of OU UK – 200,000+ students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Open entry </li></ul...
Student Student Services Learner Support and Advice  Peers Tutor Course The OU model of supported open learning
The OU Tutor <ul><li>Roughly 600 tutors (Associate Lecturers) in Scotland </li></ul><ul><li>Tutor:student ratio ranges typ...
Tutors <ul><li>Facilitators not lecturers </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback and feed-forward on assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Opt...
The course <ul><li>Multi-media </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible in time and place </li></ul><ul><li>Core experience the same ind...
Study calendar – an example
 
Library <ul><li>A gateway to online information resources </li></ul><ul><li>Library helpdesk open seven days </li></ul><ul...
 
Change - technology
Challenges <ul><li>The OU in Scotland in an age of mass participation in HE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Widening participation <...
Case study – working with colleges <ul><li>Progression agreement </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Spaces </li></ul><ul><li>OU al...
Case study – work based learning <ul><li>Skills utilisation project to support care sector workers to make the transition ...
<ul><li>Pete Cannell </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
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Part-time higher education in the second decade of the twenty first century

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Dr Peter Cannell, Open University, presentation for the CILIPS conference 2010 at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow.

An overview of the role played by the OU in HE in Scotland.

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  1. 1. Part-time higher education in the second decade of the twenty first century Pete Cannell: Depute Director, The Open University in Scotland
  2. 2. The OU in Scotland Campus Based upon Ordnance Survey BoundaryLine ® data © Crown Copyright 2008. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100046763 15,000+ students >70% in work Increasing numbers of low income students 1 – 20 21 - 40 61 – 86 41 - 60 Headcount
  3. 3. Profile of OU in Scotland students 1,470 Credit transfer awards prior to study 6% Students with disabilities 29% Students receiving help with fees 11% (27% of postgraduate students) Student sponsored by employer 34 Average age of new undergraduate students 40:60 Male: female ratio All students (undergraduate and postgraduate ) 2008/2009 15,049 (5,720 new entrants)
  4. 4. Continuity and change <ul><li>OU in Scotland part of OU UK – 200,000+ students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Open entry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supported Open Learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flexible and modular curriculum </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Since devolution a Scottish HEI funded by the Scottish Funding Council </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Biggest provider of part-time HE in Scotland </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multiple partnerships </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Student Student Services Learner Support and Advice Peers Tutor Course The OU model of supported open learning
  6. 6. The OU Tutor <ul><li>Roughly 600 tutors (Associate Lecturers) in Scotland </li></ul><ul><li>Tutor:student ratio ranges typically from 1:15 to 1:25 </li></ul><ul><li>Work from home </li></ul><ul><li>Approx 65% also work for another employer; </li></ul><ul><li>Approx 26% work full time in another University </li></ul>
  7. 7. Tutors <ul><li>Facilitators not lecturers </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback and feed-forward on assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Optional face to face, online, by phone </li></ul>
  8. 8. The course <ul><li>Multi-media </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible in time and place </li></ul><ul><li>Core experience the same independent of student location </li></ul><ul><li>Structure framed by assessment </li></ul>
  9. 9. Study calendar – an example
  10. 11. Library <ul><li>A gateway to online information resources </li></ul><ul><li>Library helpdesk open seven days </li></ul><ul><li>Support for research </li></ul><ul><li>Access for disabled users </li></ul><ul><li>Information skills training </li></ul><ul><li>Facilities at the Library building at Walton Hall </li></ul>
  11. 13. Change - technology
  12. 14. Challenges <ul><li>The OU in Scotland in an age of mass participation in HE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Widening participation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Community partnerships – with voluntary organisations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Working with the college sector – national role for part-time progression </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Work based learning – extensive wbl curriculum and links with unions and employers </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 15. Case study – working with colleges <ul><li>Progression agreement </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Spaces </li></ul><ul><li>OU also working with community partners in “ Openings for Progression in D&G” </li></ul>Dumfries and Galloway
  14. 16. Case study – work based learning <ul><li>Skills utilisation project to support care sector workers to make the transition from SVQ to HE study </li></ul><ul><li>Working with Scottish Care and Local Authorities </li></ul><ul><li>OU course allows students to reflect and build on skills in context, achieve the regulatory requirement demanded by SSSC and develop skills for future study. </li></ul>
  15. 17. <ul><li>Pete Cannell </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
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