The Open University was the world’s first successful distance teaching university, founded on the belief that communications technology could bring high quality degree-level learning to people who had not had the opportunity to attend traditional campus universities.
The Open University’s mission is to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.We promote educational opportunity and social justice by providing high-quality university education to all who wish to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential. Through academic research, pedagogic innovation and collaborative partnership we seek to be a world leader in the design, content and delivery of supported open learning.
Supported open learning
The OU teaches through its own unique method of distance learning, called ‘supported open learning’, which is:
- Flexible – students work where and when they choose to fit in with jobs, families and other commitments
- All-inclusive – students get all the high quality materials they need to study
- Supportive – personal tutors provide academic expertise, guidance and feedback and run group tutorials; and specialist advisers are on hand to help with other aspects of OU study
- Social – students get together at tutorials, day schools and informal study groups; and through online conferencing, study networks and course forums.
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