The Open University (United Kingdom)

  • DCEric

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    Aug 21, 2011 5:04 PM GMT
    I am considering going back to school, but I need to continue working while I attend. My interests are rather specific (the Developing World), and thus I need to be able to do distance education. At the moment The Open University in the United Kingdom (clicky pops) is my top choice. I want to know if anyone has gone there, or has heard anything about the quality of instruction.

    Thanks for your help, gentlemen.
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    Aug 21, 2011 7:45 PM GMT
    The Open has a pretty decent reputation for distance instruction and apparently are good at harnessing new technology, but don't have direct experience.

    I did my postgrad distance through the University of London International Prog (was called the External Programme when I did it).

    http://www.londoninternational.ac.uk/

    All the schools of UofL contribute to the programme, though the selection of postgrad stuff is more limited than the Open. They have been doing distance stuff for 150 years and know how to do it and the University guarantees it is equivalent academically to a campus degree from the University (which includes world class schools). I did mine through SOAS who are developing world specialists - message me if I you want to chat about it.
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    Aug 21, 2011 9:21 PM GMT
    DCEric saidI am considering going back to school, but I need to continue working while I attend. My interests are rather specific (the Developing World), and thus I need to be able to do distance education. At the moment The Open University in the United Kingdom (clicky pops) is my top choice. I want to know if anyone has gone there, or has heard anything about the quality of instruction.

    Thanks for your help, gentlemen.


    They've won awards for the quality of instruction.
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    Aug 21, 2011 10:41 PM GMT
    The OU has a very good reputation. I have not used them myself, but I know plenty of people in the forces who have gained a first degree with them.
  • DCEric

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    Aug 22, 2011 3:02 AM GMT
    Thanks guys. As an American, I've seen the disaster of places like Phoenix University, and didn't want to wind up tied into that.