The problem with education these days is that it costs so much. Or so I thought until a few days ago. It was then I came across a free online resource from the Open University. Now, since its foundation in the 60’s, the OU has been one of the jewels in the British higher education. Because, established as it was to serve the era of ‘the white heat of technology’, its real success was in attracting mature students when to be an undergraduate over age 30 was definitely – as they say in current parlance – not cool.
But the OU did more than recreating ‘maturies’ as students. For it took the rather seedy world of distance learning, then given the unattractive heading of correspondence courses, and shook it to its foundations. For, arguably, it blazed the trail for the modern multimedia education and online training we can all benefit from today. After all, if you wanted people to enjoy learning after a hard days work, you had to grab their attention with materials that were worth opening up.
However, as I said earlier ‘all singing – all dancing’ courses are expensive. That’s why the OU is offering such an irresistable bargain. Because it makes available online a whole raft of their courses ranging from basic studies skill through to complex computer networking taking in the humanities and the law on the way. There are even student forums and a video conference facility thrown in for good measure.
So if you have fancied dipping your toes into latin, wondered about human consciousness or felt that the Enlightenment is your forte, then put ‘open learning’ into your search engine and enjoy opening your mind to the light of knowledge. What is more, it won’t cost you a bean!