ERIC Number: ED231310
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Britain's Open University, User of Mass Media.
The way that the Open University system in Great Britain operates and the use of the mass media are discussed in detail. A number of problems the adult student is likely to face are identified, along with basic differences between U.S. and British societies that influence the application of an open university approach. Attention is directed to: admissions policy, degree requirements, student costs, people who were influential in the planning and development of the Open University, the university's printing and mailing operations, new course development, the structure and procedures of the academic staffs (i.e., course teams), the university's Institute of Educational Technology, developmental testing of courses, the production of media elements, the outside tutorial staff, the program "Bartholomew Fair," and auxiliary studies. Problems that may occur for adult students include: the competing home atmosphere, adults may be out of the habit of learning and may fear failure, the educational experience may change the student's personal and family relations, and the student must learn a new technique of studying with the television mode. Differences in the type of universities, population distribution, broadcasting, and postal service in the United States and Great Britain are noted. (SW)
Descriptors: Adult Students, College Admission, College Faculty, Comparative Education, Curriculum Development, Educational History, Educational Technology, Educational Television, External Degree Programs, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Nontraditional Education, Open Universities, Study Habits
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Distance Education; Open University (Great Britain)
Note: Paper presented to Temple University Seminar on British Mass Media (Philadelphia, PA, 1982).