I’ve been finding writing difficult recently, culminating in the “Meh” post of a couple of days ago.
I’m not quite sure why. It’s not as if there isn’t lots happening in my own life at the moment, nor are then any shortage of things in the wider world which are either engaging me or frustrating me. The problem is, if I were to start to write on most of these topics at any length, you’d find them a very dull read or I’d simply become incoherent with rage far too quickly – and so be a very dull read.
A . . . → Read More: Writer’s block, sex at the OU and right wing isolationism
Following the news last week that enrolments to HE courses by part-time students had fallen by 26.6% in the year after the introduction of the new tuition fees regime, I decided to do a little bit of digging around to see if I could discover how the Open University had been affected.
All OU students are counted as part-time, even if some brave folk do decide to take on 120 credits in a year – equivalent to the workload of a full-time student elsewhere. I managed to complete 90 credits of study in 2011 alongside a full-time job, which I’m . . . → Read More: How have OU student numbers been affected by the £2,500 module fee in England?
The Open University and 11 other UK universities have announced today that they intend to launch a new platform for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), challenging the already established edX platform set up by MIT, Harvard and other US universities earlier on this year. Known as Futurelearn, it will be set up as an independent organisation but majority owned by the Open University, with the first courses being offered at some point during 2013.
Martin Bean, the Vice Chancellor of the OU is quoted today as saying:
MOOCs represent an enormous development in higher education, one that has the potential to . . . → Read More: The Open University declares its love for MOOCs
After I’d cross-posted my last blog entry onto the B07 Facebook group, some one asked me if I was still using the notes I’ve published here to help support a charity. Back in 2010 I asked readers of this blog to think about contributing to the HOPEHIV charity – and we jointly managed to raise around £700.
The justgiving page I created for this purpose is long since closed, but if you’d like to make a donation to HOPEHIV I know that it would be appreciated by them and used well. Their own donation page is here should you wish . . . → Read More: One way of saying thank you
Over the last few days, there’s been a steady increase in the number of people visiting my Open University ED209, DD303 and DD307 notes pages. It’s revision time, isn’t it? I knew there was something missing from my life this year!
Anyway, as I’ve been asked a few times about how I approached revision when I was studying for my psychology degree, I thought I’d collect all of my thoughts in this handy blog post. You may do it differently – and that’s ok as the first tip for revision I have is to make sure you do some – . . . → Read More: It must be OU revision time again
Those of you who have visited here before know that a considerable part of this blog has been dedicated to my progress towards a psychology degree with the Open University, which I finally obtained at the end of last year. Studying with the OU was a great experience and anyone who is considering taking a psychology degree would do well to look at what they offer.
However, recent research(*) shows that 71 per cent of people considering access to Higher Education in England are either unsure or feel they don’t have enough information about the study funding options available to . . . → Read More: Ways to pay for Open University study in England