A. L “Open learning from the Open University UK”

Andrew Law, The Open University, UK

The OU, UK provides supported, open, distance education online to over 170K students currently studying for degrees worldwide. It uses a range of technologies and platforms to support these ‘formal’ (for academic credit) learners. In addition The OU UK provides several other platforms and technologies to reach ‘informal’ learners (learners undertaking Continuing Professional Development or learning for other non-academic reasons). These platforms currently serve around 13 million people each year. This brief presentation will introduce the formal and informal offers of The OU, UK and will cover some of the platforms and technologies used in reaching learners online on a massive scale.


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