Once again this past week we’ve been busy scanning across the internet to find the latest information and Open University courses. This week we hear that English universities are not good at teaching, look at the myths of plane bookings and a good example of distance learning. remember, if there’s a free course or bit of news on the agenda then hopefully we will pick it up and stick it on the next Open University news.

English universities not very good at teaching. Bahram Bekhradnia says teaching excellence framework could be welcome ‘counterweight’ to research imperative. Mr Bekhradnia cited a survey of 70,000 graduates in 11 European countries, conducted by the Open University, which found that students in England spent only 30 hours a week in classes and private study, the lowest figure after the Czech Republic and significantly below other nations.

Strong statement from Mr Bekhradnia but do you agree?


Myths and systems claiming to help you get the best possible deal on airline tickets abound. But what’s the truth? How should you time your purchase to best effect? What is true about pricing in the airline industry is that carriers use complex and sophisticated pricing systems. The airline’s per passenger cost is the lowest when the flight is full, so carriers have incentive to sell as many seats as possible.

When do you buy plane tickets?


The Open University Malaysia is a good example of a successful university using the open and distance learning mode, said Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Mary Yap. “Open and distance learning is relevant to the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education). “It is in line with the third shift on lifelong learning,” she said after opening the recent 29th Annual Conference of the Asian Association of Open Universities. Yap who congratulated Open University Malaysia for hosting the conference, said that the ministry hopes to make lifelong learning part of the nation’s culture through its blueprint.

Yes, it’s true, we love distance learning


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