The Meaning of the Open University for CU
Department of Computer Science, University of Colorado
For more than twenty-five years the Open University in England has provided
very high quality educational programs at dramatically lower cost than
traditional universities. As a sabbatical visitor last year I had the
opportunity to observe the methods and ethos of this remarkable
institution. Its use of a resource model of teaching, rather than an
enactment model, its business paradigm, in which more students are a
blessing and not a problem, its use (and non-use) of technology, and its
different division of labor, in which scholars
play a more limited role than at conventional universities, all provide
food for thought and discussion. The success of the Open University
suggests that the role and practices of conventional universities will need
to so as to reflect the cost advantages of the Open University model
for some forms of education, and to realize more fully the advantages that
face-to-face interactions ought to confer on students at conventional
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