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I started my Masters in November 17 and here I am in January ’18 feeling completely discouraged and seriously considering not going any further. The tutor is completely useless - sends one line responses to emails if she bothers to respond at all, tells you to one thing for a TMA (demonstrate understanding of the models and relate to work experience) and then you get it back with a crappy mark with feedback that you shouldn't have focussed on the models or related to your work experience. I have studied as an undergrad at 2 Russell Group universities and have never experience anything like it. I thought the OU would be the ideal solution to studying around a full time career but have already realised it wouldn't be worth the paper it is written on - time to find another Russell Group Uni that takes my £10k investment seriously. My advice ... DON'T bother. It is a lot of money for supremely crappy and indifferent service and less than mediocre quality teaching.
Open University is a joke. The course materials are either their own or some outdated (10years) lecture texts that carries an amazon review of 1 star. Start off with module, coming from the IT COMPUTING DEGREE areas. Ok, some of the material is enjoyable, and just when you think you ready to CRACK the TMA, surprise! The TMA is worded so confusingly, that almost everytime there is an errata that follows. Then, the TMA looks like nothing you have read and practiced beforehand. So you are up sh*creek. I get the feeling, the TMA outsourced. And whoever draws these things up doesn't take into account if the tasks being requested are in fact covered. Now, you will here, well its a university, you supposed to research your studies. Ok, but not research on the Internet and stackoverflow. Bottom line, the modules are lacking what is required for you to succeed in the course. But, if you already know everything about IT and programming, well you will probably be just fine.
Ok, so I started my degree with OU a couple of years ago. The materials and online services OU provide are of good quality. However, the issues start to appear once you are asked to complete your tasks and assignments. The tasks are of very poor quality and I'm shocked that they get away with it. Commonly your first assignment consists of 1.000 words, yep 1.000 words. This is, they ask you to read a whole book but usually they only expect you to use one of the sections of the book to answer the TMA questions. This is once you are at level 1 or 2, the word counting at the entry level is even smaller. Because the assignments are so small you feel like you are not getting the service you are paying for. The word counting is clearly designed to make tutors life easier. If you think you can get away with it by putting extra information on the appendix, forget it!Tutors will take points off, even if you show that you clearly understood the subject. My advice? AVOID IT!
The Open University can be summed up in very few words. Reactive NOT Proactive. They make the same mistakes over and over again and can only be described as complacent. Poor in ALL ADMINISTRATIVE AREAS which causes stress and upset to Students and Tutors alike. Disorganised poorly managed departments
Don't go to The Open University!!!! Nothing good about this University. They just want your money without any student support, any information provided. If you have any problem, they won't help you especially if you are postgraduate student. You can send to them complaint but they will ignore you anyway. There are many new- excellent Universities who provide distance learning, just don't go to the Open because you will regret your decision like me. Maybe they were good 20 years ago but not anymore.
This used to be a fantastic institution. Sadly it appears to have gone the way of many focusing on process over humanity. If you can at all spare the time do not use the OU. If you have absolutely no choice then go in with your eyes open, For the lack of support and lack of quality and availability of tutors you are much, much better studying yourself.
Despite being an online university, the staff are very supportive and give exemplary feedback that really allows you to learn and fulfill your potential. Tutors have an understanding of the needs of mature students who are working full-time and studying simultaneously. The books and online study materials are of a very high standard. I am very proud to be an OU student and would recommend it over any "brick university" that I have previously attended.