This profile of the British Open University is offered by Educational Facilities as one of a series to document experience with the uses of technology in higher education. Many Americans are already familiar with some aspects of the Open University (the only foreign case in the series) but the emphasis here is on its exemplary use of educational technology in context. A look at the details of how the Open University employs media to serve a large dispersed student body may benefit others who plan to expand or modify their own uses of educational technology. This report, written by Ruth Weinstock, research associate at EFL, and other reports in this series are supported by a special grant to EFL from The Ford Foundation.
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