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The Open University
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. The Open University
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of illustrations
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. List of colour plates
  2. pp. x-xi
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  1. Foreword by the Vice-Chancellor of The Open University
  2. Martin Bean
  3. pp. xii-xiii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiv-xviii
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  1. Part I. Creating a university of the air
  1. 1. The challenge of The Open University
  2. pp. 3-30
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  1. 2. Opening a castle of the air
  2. pp. 31-72
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  1. Part II. The first two decades
  1. 3. Growth and acceptance, 1969–89
  2. pp. 75-121
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  1. 4. Sensemaking and sociability: the first two decades of learning
  2. pp. 122-160
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  1. Part III. The OU since the 1990s
  1. 5. Convergence and divergence
  2. pp. 163-206
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  1. 6. Pedagogies promoting participation
  2. pp. 191-228
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  1. Part IV. Half a century of learning
  1. 7. Open to people
  2. pp. 231-274
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  1. Select bibliography
  2. pp. 275-276
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 277-372
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 373-387
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  1. Color Plates
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