Open University jobs at risk in £100m 'root and branch' overhaul

Sally Weale, The Guardian, Jun 16, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I'm sorry to read this. I'm taking it to reflect the impact of the transition from more traditional approaches to digital delivery (maybe with a bit of FutureLearn thrown in). And this: "The OU’s finances have been hit particularly hard by the significant decline in the number of part-time students since the introduction of tuition fees, losing a third of students in the past decade." And of course the impact of policies that view education as a commodity to be sold rather than as a public services as core as fire departments, police services, roads and rail. The projected saving amount to about a quarter of the Open University's budget and there's no way the university will be the same again.

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