The Open University Business School teaches through a unique method of distance learning, called Supported Open Learning, which is: • Flexible – students work where and when they choose to fit in with jobs, families and other commitments. • All-inclusive – students get all the high-quality materials they need to study. • Supportive – personal tutors provide academic expertise, guidance and feedback and run group tutorials; and specialist advisers are on hand to help with other aspects of OU study (in many cases face to face but also increasingly online). • Social – students get together at tutorials, day schools and informal study groups; and through online conferencing, study networks and module forums. • Built on a history of radical innovation – representing 45 years of building expertise and research in technology enhanced learning, learning design and supporting students at a distance. Supported Open Learning (SOL) constitutes the key educational innovation pioneered by The Open University as a whole. The Business School, through understanding the needs of professional managers and the business community, has adapted this model and applied it to its particular marketplace, to offer a practice-based variant of the more general model. The model features : • A distinctive team-based approach to module design, creation, delivery and learner support which delivers quality at scale. • The key role of our distributed network of Associate Lecturers (our tutors) in facilitating learning, its translation into practice and in supporting students. • Resources oriented towards technology and specialised support services rather than buildings. • A geographically distributed approach to student engagement – we take the learning to the student. • Integration of faculty teams and University level services to deliver extensive student support. • Use of learning analytics to identify and intervene with students at risk of failing or dropping out.
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N.B. Student numbers given above are part-time students. Full time equivalent student numbers are 8,645 (undergraduate) and 636 (postgraduate).
The circa 550 part-time faculty are our distributed network of adjuncts who support our unique approach to distance learning.
BA, MBA, PhD
Professional Certificate in Management Professional Certificate in Accounting MSc in Finance MSc in Human Resource Management PG Cert in Advanced Professional Practice (Employment Law Advice) PG Certificate in Advanced Professional Practice (Strategic Sales) PG Cert in Advanced Professional Practice (IT Service Management) Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership
Accounting/Finance, Health Management, Human Resources Management, International Business, IT/Technology Management, Marketing
Associations of MBAs (AMBA), Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) EQUIS