•The Open University (also commonlyreferred to by its initialism OU) is a distancelearning and research, a university foundedby Royal Charter in the United Kingdom.•The university is funded by a combination ofstudent fees, contract income, andallocations for teaching and research by thehigher education funding bodies in each ofthe four countries of the UK (England,Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland).
The Open University Aim• The OU provides university education to those wishing to pursue higher education on a part-time and/or distance learning basis, including people with health disabilities, who are officially a priority group for the university, nearly 13,000 OU students have health disabilities• http://www.open.ac.uk/
Academic Divisions Faculties Business SchoolArts; Education & Language Master of BusinessStudies; Health and Social AdministrationCare; Students study viaLaw; Mathematics, distance learning for aComputing and Technology; Certificate or Diploma inScience; Social Science; and Management and MBABusiness and Law. programmes
Teaching Methods Distance Education•Written and audio materials, the Internet, disc-based softwareand television programmes on DVD.•Usage of Modules as supported by tutors ("AssociateLecturers") who provide feedback on their work and aregenerally available to them at face-to-face tutorials, bytelephone, and/or on the Internet•An online conferencing service (Internet Forum) where helpand advice is offered through conferencing "Moderators".
Teaching Methods Distance Education•The most popular module during 2009–10was DD101 An introduction to the socialsciences (7,512 students), followed by AA100The Arts Past and Present, B120 AnIntroduction to Business Studies, K101 AnIntroduction to Health and SocialCare and Y163 Starting with Psychology
Courses•Open University modules have associated withthem a number of Credit Accumulation andTransfer Scheme (CATS) credits – usually 30 or 60– depending on the quantity of the material inthe module and a level (1, 2, 3, or 4)corresponding to the complexity, with 120roughly equating to the year of study for a full-time student.
Degrees•OU offers Degree in the Named Subject for themodules taken•"Open" Bachelor degrees and “Open” HonorsDegree. Example: Bachelor of Arts Open or aBachelor of Science Open either with or withouthonours.•Undergraduate Certificates
Assessment Methods Assessment of University Modules Examinations Coursework End of 2 to 7 tutor 3 hour 6 multiple markedpaper exams Module assignment choice or Assessments identification computer marked assignment
Assessment Methods Grading System for allexaminations and coursework 1 = 85 and up 2 = 70 – 84 3 = 55 – 69 4 = 40 – 54 5 = below 40
Open Policy Open Admissions PolicyA diverse range of students from all walks of life areattracted to the OU; for most modules there areno entry requirements other than the ability tostudy at an appropriate level, though mostpostgraduate modules require evidence of previousstudy or equivalent life experience. Thisfundamental open admissions policy makesundergraduate university study accessible to all.
Open Policy Financial Matters•The average cost of one full-time year or 120 credits will rise to£5,000, bringing the cost of an average Bachelors honoursdegree for an English student to £15,000.•From September 2012 the Government will be reducing itsfunding for all students residing in England, English studentswill for the first time pay higher fees than those living the restof the United Kingdom.•European Union and international students pay more as theUniversity does not receive government funding for them