Category: General Articles

Open University: February’s OpenNews

Every month the Open News are sent out in newsletter format. There is usually some interesting snippets of Open University news to be had in these so I have extracted a few articles of interest and listed them below for you to enjoy. Happy Monday 🙂

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Battling through your Open University Degree

If you’re anything like me there has no doubt come a point during your Open University studies when you’ve slumped into the desk, closed the laptop lid and felt like giving up. Not an applying for an extension or looking for a substitution giving up but a real “I’m ready to quit...

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Open University security boffin gives online surveillance warning

I had an article lined up for this week but then stumbled across this interesting piece on the respected computing.co.uk website. “Mass, unrestricted internet surveillance does not work and may even be counter-productive, claims a researcher at the Open University,” wrote Computing’s Graeme Burton. He was referring to Ray Corrigan, a senior lecturer in...

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New OU module? Get a good head start

The books have arrived, our brand new notepad is bought and the pens and pencils are in place. With every new Open University module there is usually a mix of excitement and trepidation. I was always pleased to see the course books sitting fresh and untouched on my table before the module...

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Disabled Students and the Open University

I was recently looking across a couple of old links and found an article from 2010 reporting a study which revealed that more disabled students were dropping out of university. As somebody who had a disabled friend studying at university I know that the provision of support and services is an important issue. Often...

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Best Overheard: #OUstudents on Twitter

Here at Surviving the OU we spend a fair few hours each week flicking through social media. Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, there are a few about. If there’s one feature of the Open University Students’ Twitter account that always brings a smile to my face then it’s the “best overheard” tweets. This account...

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I’m happy to be locked in Pandora’s Box!

I love distance learning. Studying in my own time on my own terms without the restrictions of a brick-and-mortar university perfectly suits my needs. As a full-time employee, father and husband I would not be able to attend regular classes of tutorials having missed out on university after school. After completing my...

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