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1<br />Distance learning for the 21st centuryTransforming the lives of students at the UK Open University<br />Mark Endean...
The Open University in 2010<br />Over 2.5 million students since 1971<br />200,000+ students in 2010<br />20,000 outside U...
3<br />The Open University in 2010<br />Total expenditure over £400 million<br />Student fees (1/3) and Government funds (...
UKOU teaching programmes<br />Seven faculties<br />Arts<br />Business School<br />Education and Language Studies<br />Inst...
Qualifications<br />Full range of qualifications offered<br />pre-degree or ‘access’ courses<br />HE Certificates and Dipl...
The OU in a global marketDirect teaching provision<br />Austria<br />Belgium<br />Cyprus<br />Denmark<br />Finland<br />Fr...
Italy
Luxembourg
Netherlands
Portugal
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland</li></li></ul><li>The OU in a global marketMajor partnerships in 15 countries<br /><ul><li>New Zealand
Romania
Russia
Singapore
Slovakia
South Africa
Spain
USA
Uzbekistan</li></ul>Brazil<br />Bulgaria<br />China<br />Czech Republic<br />Ethiopia <br />Hong Kong<br />Hungary<br />In...
The Open University in 2010<br />The OU has built its success and reputation on the foundation of the ‘supported open lear...
Who are OU students?<br />Median age – 32.  Youngest student 9 years old! Youngest graduate 17. Oldest graduate 80+.<br />...
Who are OU students?<br />40% of OU students do not have school-leaving qualifications to get into a traditional universit...
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Mark Endean. Inglaterra. "Distance learning for the 21st centuryTransforming the lives of students at the UK Open University"

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Mark Endean. Inglaterra. "Distance learning for the 21st centuryTransforming the lives of students at the UK Open University"

  1. 1. 1<br />Distance learning for the 21st centuryTransforming the lives of students at the UK Open University<br />Mark EndeanFaculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology<br />1<br />
  2. 2. The Open University in 2010<br />Over 2.5 million students since 1971<br />200,000+ students in 2010<br />20,000 outside UK<br />Study part-time at home<br />No entry requirements<br />Advantages of scale, scope, quality<br />In the top five UK Universities for teaching quality and student satisfaction 2005–09<br />Karen Parker<br />
  3. 3. 3<br />The Open University in 2010<br />Total expenditure over £400 million<br />Student fees (1/3) and Government funds (2/3)<br />Central campus in Milton Keynes<br />800 academics<br />3000 support staff<br />13 regional or national centres<br />300 academics<br />1000 support staff<br />7500 tutors<br />
  4. 4. UKOU teaching programmes<br />Seven faculties<br />Arts<br />Business School<br />Education and Language Studies<br />Institute of Educational Technology<br />Mathematics, Computing & Technology<br />Science<br />Social Sciences<br />OU Validation Services<br />Open University Worldwide<br />
  5. 5. Qualifications<br />Full range of qualifications offered<br />pre-degree or ‘access’ courses<br />HE Certificates and Diplomas <br />Bachelors degrees (BA, BSc, with honours)<br />Masters degrees (MA, MSc)<br />Research degrees (MPhil, PhD)<br />OU has same degree–awarding powers as other UK universities<br />All qualifications meet requirements of UK Framework<br />
  6. 6. The OU in a global marketDirect teaching provision<br />Austria<br />Belgium<br />Cyprus<br />Denmark<br />Finland<br />France<br />Germany<br />Greece<br /><ul><li>Ireland
  7. 7. Italy
  8. 8. Luxembourg
  9. 9. Netherlands
  10. 10. Portugal
  11. 11. Spain
  12. 12. Sweden
  13. 13. Switzerland</li></li></ul><li>The OU in a global marketMajor partnerships in 15 countries<br /><ul><li>New Zealand
  14. 14. Romania
  15. 15. Russia
  16. 16. Singapore
  17. 17. Slovakia
  18. 18. South Africa
  19. 19. Spain
  20. 20. USA
  21. 21. Uzbekistan</li></ul>Brazil<br />Bulgaria<br />China<br />Czech Republic<br />Ethiopia <br />Hong Kong<br />Hungary<br />India<br />Middle East <br />
  22. 22. The Open University in 2010<br />The OU has built its success and reputation on the foundation of the ‘supported open learning’ model:<br />blend of outstanding learning materials,<br />excellent student support,<br />professional logistics, and<br />leading research and scholarship<br />excellence without exclusivity<br />
  23. 23. Who are OU students?<br />Median age – 32. Youngest student 9 years old! Youngest graduate 17. Oldest graduate 80+.<br />Fastest growing cohort of OU students is 18–24 age-group <br />About 38% studying for a second degree or additional qualification<br />
  24. 24. Who are OU students?<br />40% of OU students do not have school-leaving qualifications to get into a traditional university<br />Currently some 10,000 disabled students are studying with the OU<br />Nearly 80% of OU students are in employment <br />
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  41. 41. 27<br />Collaborative learning<br />VLE forums<br />Collaborative writing<br />wikis<br />blogs<br />Elluminate<br />online tutorials and demonstrations<br />practice sessions<br />FlashMeeting<br />online meetings<br />27<br />
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  43. 43. Wide range of media options<br />Print: books, supplementary print, readers <br />Offline media: ‘rich media’ delivered on disk, e.g. DVD-video, software etc.<br />Library resources: full range of online library resources available to all students (http://library.open.ac.uk/).<br />Online media: students access web content, online student activities, collaborative work via the OU Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)…<br />Activities: practical work, day events, residential schools<br />Public access: iTunes U, OpenLearn<br />
  44. 44. Practices that promote quality<br />Teams approaches<br />Conversations about quality<br />Academic capacity<br />Comprehensive support systems<br />Quality enhancement focus <br />
  45. 45. The course team approach<br />course<br />team<br />project<br />team<br />media account manager<br />associate dean<br />coursemanager<br />media project manager<br />course chair<br />senior courses manager<br />academic team<br />graphics<br />editing<br />sound & vision<br />interactive<br />courses office<br />technical testing<br />copublishing<br />course secretary<br />materials<br />rights<br />despatch<br />project support office<br />plus…<br />External Assessor<br />
  46. 46. Value of the course team approach<br />Complementary skills ( creativity, storytelling, authoring, elearning, critiquing, pedagogical experience etc)<br />Professional inputs from media technologists, broadcasters, information scientists, pedagogists etc.<br />Personal academic development<br />Peer feedback<br />Staff motivation<br />
  47. 47. Challenges for the UKOU<br />Designing learning and support strategies into courses<br />Evolving the Supported Open Learning Model for the electronic era—on-line and mobile learning. <br />Exploiting new technologies, new media and methods<br />Updating and developing professional staff<br />Improving responsiveness, speed, cost & effectiveness<br />Deepening international relevance<br />Building the practical relevance of our courses<br />
  48. 48. 34<br />Challenges for all educators<br />Increase volume without reducing standards<br />Maintain the supply of appropriately-qualified teachers<br />Focus on professionalism of practising teachers<br />Agree global standards<br />Develop new pedagogies<br />learning, teaching and assessment<br />Share best practice<br />34<br />
  49. 49. Muchas gracias!<br />Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and TechnologyThe Open UniversityWalton HallMilton KeynesMK7 6AA<br />www.open.ac.uk<br />m.h.endean@open.ac.uk<br />

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