Open by Degrees: A Case of Flexibility or Personalization?

Cooke, Helen; Lane, Andrew and Taylor, Peter (2018). Open by Degrees: A Case of Flexibility or Personalization? In: Stevenson, Carolyn ed. Enhancing Education Through Open Degree Programs and Prior Learning Assessment. IGI Global, pp. 128–148.



This chapter focuses on the history, development, and perceived value of The Open University UK’s BA/BSc (Hons) Open degree (hereafter referred to as “OUUK Open degree”) over the past half-century in the context of changing external pressures and addressing debates around the coherence and acceptance of such a personalized program of study. It touches on the changing views of “openness” over time, from the origins of The Open University’s “open entry” policy, through to ideas around flexibility of study, open education, and personalized learning. The chapter concludes with recommendations for other higher education institutions wishing to introduce a multidisciplinary open degree into their portfolio of curriculum.

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