Instead of failing a lower qualification I decided to fail a higher one. As it turned out, I didn’t fail. In addition, besides being hard going, learning was enjoyable. Additionally, my employer (Lucas) funded most of the courses.
Additionally, I became an active OU Students Association member. OUSA has changed since but I was busy on the local branch, the regional body (Branch Coordinating Committee), attended conference each year and represented OUSA at residential schools.
When I first started, the local tutorial class started a self help group and many continued and selected the same courses.
Nearly all coursework was printed and posted to us but now most is presented on-line. I preferred the ‘old’ way.
My OU Courses
T189 Digital photography: creating and sharing better images (2008)
A173 Start writing family history (2006)
TT280 Web applications: design, development and management(2004)
A103 An introduction to the humanities (2002)
T171 You, your computer and the net (2000)
D103 Society and social science: a foundation course (1998)
U208 Third world development (1997)
U206 Environment (1996)
M205 Fundamentals of computing (1995)
DT200 Introduction to information technology: social & technological issues (1994)
T102 Living with technology: a foundation course (1993)