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The Open University: A History

Weinbren, Daniel (2014). The Open University: A History. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

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This historical perspective on The Open University, founded in 1969, frames its ethos (to be open to people, places, methods and ideas) within the traditions of correspondence courses, commercial television, adult education, the post-war social democratic settlement and the Cold War. A critical assessment of its engagement with teaching, assessment and support for adult learners offers an understanding as to how it came to dominate the market for part-time studies. It also indicates how, as the funding and status of higher education shifted, it became a loved brand and a model for universities around the world.

Drawing on previously ignored or unavailable records, personal testimony and recently digitised broadcast teaching materials, it recognises the importance of students to the maintenance of the university and places the development of learning and the uses of technology for education over the course of half a century within a wider social and economic perspective.

Item Type: Book
Copyright Holders: 2014 The Author
ISBN: 0-7190-9627-8, 978-0-7190-9627-3
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Extra Information: The extract here is the pre-publication version of Chapter 7 Open to People
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 30416
Depositing User: Daniel Weinbren
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2017 13:01
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2019 10:11
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