ERIC Number: ED326678
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Effective Study in the Open University: The Human Dimension. Report No. 1.
Thorpe, Mary; And Others
During 1985, in-depth interviews were conducted with Open University students and staff to explore their perceptions of studying with the university and, in particular, their reactions to cuts in services. Findings indicated the great importance to students of feeling "in touch with" the university, of making personal contact with its staff and students. The tutor or tutor-counselor was found to have a particularly important role in meeting students' need to be in touch. Tutors had a key function for students as interpreters of the meaning of the course and of what was required in its assessment. Respondents to the Student Opinion Survey ranked the number of tutorials offered as having changed for the worse. High percentages of students also indicated that contact with students and helpfulness of the tutor had changed for the worse. Students were also highly concerned about fees. Two areas of concern for the university were indicated: the possibility of mismatches in the perceptions of staff and students of the value of different forms of communication and the particularly important role of tutors and tutor-student contact, which is progressively being undermined by cuts. (A list of three references and six data tables are appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Open Univ., Walton, Bletchley, Bucks (England). Inst. of Educational Technology.