all good, the course is well presented and interesting. Its also accredited by the relevant industry body which is reassuring. Add to that some practical experiences on residential courses and Im a happy bunny
personal development is part of the course
Distance learning so I fit it in around my other commeitments which is great. There is very little contact with other students which isnt great
Online library is excellent
N/A its largely distance learning
N/A its a distance learning course
Pretty good but STRESSFUL I enjoy a lot of it. Content is good. However, you need to know what it is you are undertaking as juggling this with a job, social life and other commitments is challenging. Expect NO social life from this at all. Its very dull from that point of view. Probably not something to brag about because its not a "proper" uni. As long as I pass and can make something of my life then I guess it shall do.
I dont have a scooby. At the moment I am in my first year so havent thought too far ahead. With the university being online I suppose the best they cana do is send links? Which is I guess of some use as it can steer us into the correct direction/ know where else to go for advice. Maybe in time there may be more individual discussions.. but I really do not know.
POSITIVES: Time scales are manageable. Easy to understand content. Friendly. A mix of different resources, tasks & content. Variety of subjects - to design the degree to your own ideals. Non-judgemental (open to all ages, levels, genders, races etc) NEGATIVES: Tutors not always understanding nor responding. Too much reliance on group work and collaboration (which normally would be great but difficult when 100s of miles apart and only online/available at certain times of day -which inevitably is not be the same for all members). HATE VIDEO AND AUDIO!
Tbh I dont even bother with this as people are of all ages from different locations and studying different courses. This means that needs are very vague and the methods to convey these things are limited to online publications. They do well with what they can but personally it is SOOOOO DULLLL
Er... the site is decent if not confusing. But thats probably more to do with my lack of tech skills and hatred for academics ������
Is online... hence question is kinda irrelevant.
Again the university is online based so societies are exceedingly limited.
Feedback is annoying & feels patronising - based only on one course and cannot be said to reflect the wider population of tutors. No clue about the personal stuff.
My overall university experience so far has been great. I’ve really enjoyed the different tasks that I’ve had to do, the different people I’ve met and the new environment.
They do different workshops in order to prepare you and help you increase your employability efforts.
I like that the classes can be online based. I dislike that if the online classes are used, there’s not much interactions with others
It is great. They offer great support for all students and assist where they can.
There is a wide range of societies available which is great! You’re sure to find something for everyone
The support offered is great, as you not only have the support from student support but support from your tutors too
Enjoyably, hard work however learning alot and get good constructive feedback and aid to progress within the course, good working life skills also taught. Very good standards
Looks at giving us as much help and guidance as required
Good, its small classes and tutors are very hands on. Poor access to library
Very good, very proactive
Yes, a stone throw away from city center
Good range of activities
Good range of support and guidance is avaible
Very hard to get motivated after doing a full days work and have to set aside stidy time and social time.It will be worthwhile at the end of the course when it is finished.
Classes close to home
HORRENDOUS. YOU WORK HARD, YOU GET THE COURSEWORK DONE TO HIGH STANDARD AND ITS FAILED WITHOUT EXPLANATION. I'M 30 YEARS OLD AND TRYING TO FORM A CAREER WITH A DEGREE. I'VE BEEN STUDYING 7 YEARS FULL TIME AND HAVE 480 UNIVERSITY CREDITS TO MY NAME. NEITHER THE OPEN UNIVERSITY OR ANY OTHER UNIVERSITY WILL RECOGNIZE THESE CREDITS, BUT THEY DO RECOMMEND MORE AND MORE COURSES COSTING THOUSANDS AND YEARS MORE WORK. COMPLETE AND UTTER SCAM.
NO MADE IT A LOT WORSE.
ALL MARKS GIVEN DID NOT ACCURATELY OR FAIRLY REPRESENT THE WORK SUPPLIED. MARKERS APPEARED TO NOT EVEN READ THE SUBMISSIONS WHEN PROVIDING FEEDBACK WHICH MENTIONED SENTENCES THAT DIDN'T EVEN EXIST. ONLINE SUBMISSION SYSTEM DAMAGES THE FORMAT OF .DOCX SUBMISSIONS SO ITS NOT LEGIBLE. STUDENTS FATE IS THEREFORE ALREADY DECIDED BY AN ELECTRONIC SYSTEM THAT IS FAULTY
NO COMMUNICATION, REPRESENTATION OR INVOLVEMENT AT ALL
POOR VERY LITTLE INDEPENDENT TEXTS, SCIENTISTS AND PROFESSORS OF A POLITICALLY UNDESIRABLE BACKGROUND ARE NOT WELCOME, ACCEPTED OR EVEN TOLLERATED. MODULE LEADERS APPEAR TO NOT UNDERSTAND THE CONCEPT OF THEIR OWN MODULES OR WHAT THE LEARNING OUTCOMES WERE SUPPOSED TO BE.
ABSOLUTELY HORRENDOUS TREATMENT. COMPLETED 120 UNIVERSITY CREDIT MODULES IN 9 MONTHS, WHICH THEY SAID "IS NOT ADVISABLE" BUT NO DIFFERENT THAN A RESIDENTIAL DEGREE. COMPLETED EVERYTHING ON TIME ONLY TO DISCOVER THE FINAL TWO MODULES WERE FAILED WITHOUT ANY EXPLANATION. FILED A COMPLAINT AND THEY REFUSED TO BUDGE. TOOK ALL THE TUTOR MARKED ASSIGNMENTS AND END OF MODULE ASSIGNMENTS TO AN EXTERNAL UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR FROM THE SAME FIELD. PAID HIM TO REGRADE EVERYTHING AND DISCOVERED A 45% DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE OPEN UNIVERSITY GRADES AND THE EXTERNAL UNIVERSITY GRADES. FILED ANOTHER COMPLAINT AND NEVER RECEIVED A RESPONSE. I NOW HAVE A TOTAL OF 480 BRITISH UNIVERSITY CREDITS AND NO DEGREE, DESPITE IT ONLY REQUIRING 360!!!!! NO INTEGRITY IN THEIR GRADING OF STUDENTS WORK OR THE QUALITY AND STANDARDS THAT A UNIVERSITY SHOULD UPHOLD. WITH THE DIFFICULTIES THAT A REMOTE LEARNING DEGREE COMES WITH I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS UNIVERSITY TO ANY PROSPECTING STUDENT. ALL THE WINDOW DRESSING OF "WE CARE FOR STUDENTS" "WE HAVE HIGH STANDARDS", "TOP QUALITY EDUCATION" IS JUST FALSE ADVERTISING TO TICK THE CHECK BOXES OF SAYING THE RIGHT THINGS WITHOUT ANY QUANTIFIABLE FOLLOW THROUGH. THIS IS NOT A UNIVERSITY OF EDUCATION BUT OR INDOCTRINATION. COMPLETE SCAM.
DID NOT ATTEND
NO EXISTANT. ANY FEEDBACK WASN'T EVEN RELEVANT TO THE COURSEWORK SUBMITTED. PERSONAL SUPPORT DID NOT EXIST, AND WHEN ATTEMPTING TO ASK QUESTIONS BY EMAIL, REPLIES TOOK DAYS IF NOT WEEKS TO HAPPEN. MARKING OF COURSEWORK SUBMITTED TURNED OUT TO BE 45% LOWER THAN THE QUALITY OF WORK SUPPLIED, THIS WAS DISCOVERED BY THE SAME COURSEWORK BEING EXTERNALLY REMARKED BY A UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR THAT WAS INDEPENDENT OF THE OPEN UNIVERSITY AND THE UK.
Overall the experience is terrible. I honest wish I'd never started studying again, and debate quiting every year, but never can due to the time I've already invested.
No effort to increase employability from the university. Plus feedback from job interviews I've had since starting my open university study has been given as a reason I've not been successful twice, and the tone of the interview always tends to decrease after a discussion about my study. Most people seem to think this is just a pretend degree you print off the internet.
The division of work into weeks makes the workload easier to plan. Plus it's possible to get ahead to give yourself some wriggle room if life events hinder your study. However the university basically just gives you access to the website and tells you to get on with it. Very limited contact is made with tutors, and contact is usually limited to refering to book pages to re-read, or just stating it's not worth worrying about too much as it's not something that'll be used for marking. Marked work feedback is usually very limited, typically just stating where you lost marks but not why. For example, I've lost marks on every single piece of examinable work I've completed on the last 3 years for referencing, but noone seems to be able to tell me what the mistake is. There's also very little in the way of contact or support with peers. With the forums either being completely abandoned or of very little help. But either way completely isolated. All in all at this institution you are all alone, with no support.
At the start of each acidemic year the hold elections. Then nothing happens until the next year when elections are held again.
Not applicable to distance learning.
Completely non existent.
Completely no existent as stated in the other section. Times when I've accessed the dedicated student support team the support received is completely useless.
Like most universities, you'll get out what you put in. If you just read the books and don't take part in the forums, the societies, the meetups, the careers service, the online activities, or any of the other stuff then no, it won't feel worth it. If you don't spend time on the tutor forums discussing the material further in the lead up to the online tutorials, then no, there won't be anything extra to cover. If you think that it's going to be easy because it's an online degree and all you'll need to do is read a pdf for a couple of hours a week, then you're in for an absolute reckoning. But if you work hard, meet new people, and fully engage with everything the OU has to offer? It's an incredibly enriching experience. The flexibility and support for those of us in full-time work is phenomenal. The modules I've done so far have all had lively online communities behind them and amazing personal support from my tutors. It's not going to be the same experience as a brick university, but that's why I've enjoyed it so much. I had such a good experience that I'm returning to do a second degree once I finish my ACA. For fun. :)
Not sure where the comments about no careers service are coming from as the OU has a massive careers section on Student Home? Services include: - Online resources to help you with CV-writing, assessment centres, face-to-face interviews, speculative applications, applying with a disability, writing a cover letter, applying for jobs in the academic sector, creating a professional portfolio etc - A 3-day online interactive graduate job fair with prospective employers and post-graduate institutions - Interactive careers webinars - one-to-one careers consultation service for students and alumni who graduated within the last three years - Newsletters specific to each faculty with relevant job and internship opportunities - Information on careers relevant to your degree plus information on careers that you will be qualified for but do not necessarily directly link to your degree. Overall I've had a really positive experience with the careers service.
I like the flexibility of the Combined STEM degree - in the earlier stages you can even pick up creative modules too. I've mainly worked on IT, mathematics, and design. I love that you get all your materials sent out to you. When I studied at a brick uni before some classes the only course materials you had were lecture slides from 2002. OU sends you out textbooks, specimen exam papers and answers, workbooks, DVDs, CDs, sometimes even novels. I also really enjoy the mixture of media used in teaching. It can be quite dry just reading from a textbook all the time, so I enjoy the use of videos, podcasts, forums, and exercises in the syllabus. I probably like the OCAS/OES weighting the least. As some people have mentioned, if your coursework grade is a 1st, but your exam grade is a second, they'll always round down.
I'm not super involved, but I've enjoyed the contact I've had with them. They're happy to point you in the right direction if you need a hand, and I like the various buddy initiatives they've started. Very similar to the other university I attended, you could vote for faculty reps and such.
I've never been to the physical campus in Milton Keynes, but the online facilities are great. The library is fantastic - there's so much stuff and the built in search engine is really good. There are loads of filters and you have access to so much content. If you need something specific and you can't find it, you can contact the library to see if they can source it for you. You also get access to the online mental health community Big White Wall which is cool. I really liked the virtual labs you can access in the science modules. So if you need to do an experiment as part of a module you can remotely control the lab equipment.
N/A for distance learners
With this being a distance uni, most of the clubs and societies are all online. However there are absolutely loads of them, and many of them will organise local meetups throughout the year. I particularly enjoy the OU Write Club for aspiring writers.
I've always had pretty in-depth feedback, and on the rare occassion a TMA was returned with just a short paragraph I've always been able to ask my tutor for further clarification. I really like how personal the academic feedback is, with the small tutor groups and such. In my experience, the tutor forum is the best place to get help. Tutors are always really helpful and eager to give you a hand if you ask them. Careers counselling, academic counselling, and personal counselling has all been excellent. The only team that I've spoke to which can be a bit hit or miss is Student Support - they're a general team and tbh some of them just don't know what they're doing at the start of their recruitment cycle. Try to contact the specialist team (eg Computer Science, or Credit Transfer etc) if you can and be prepared to phone a couple of times to get the right advisor if you're calling in September.
Awful. With the exception of the actual course content, which is average /sometimes good and sometimes dull or irrelevant. They got rid of 10, 20 and most 30 credit courses, making study impractical for most of their potential students. The whole thing is a farce.
It doesn’t; comparable courses at college/uni that are the same price will give you actually recognised qualifications. Unless you finish a whole degree your credits are useless and even after studying a whole degree, courses are too generalised and miss out key employability skills/evidence.
Unlike at a “red brick” uni you will not get any support from the OU. I asked for support due to disability and it took literally until the penultimate month of my modules to get even the most basic support. You would think in 2019 they could record lectures, but instead of that they just send you a textbook and you have to get on with it on your own. It also means you can’t later get funding to go to a conventional uni, and none of their courses match well enough to on campus courses; so if it doesn’t pan out you’ll be stuck without a route to transfer to a better uni. Unlike studying an HNC/HND at college, my 240 OU credits are completely meaningless in the workplace.
All online /not very useful. No local facilities these days.
See other comments; very little in the way of facilities.
Online, not for me.
Awful! Non-existent. Purposefully unhelpful and limited by ridiculously pointless red tape. Good luck getting a reply from support services within 2 months!
Are all the positive reviews on here relating to the OU made up by staff? There is something off about the comments... About to commence studying a degree with them and after reading all of these reviews (5* ones included), I am scared I must say. I was excited to begin studying, now I feel deflated, with a puncture.