[access-uk] Re: Study with the Open University.

  • From: Brendan Magill <brendan@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 10 Feb 2007 14:52:39 +0000

Hi Kirsty, Tony and everyone,

I can support all that has been said by Lèonie and Dennis.  I completed 
my degree with the OU in 1999, so my knowledge of their current course 
delivery and online access is not up-to-date.  However, I had few 
problems as a ZoomText user.

During the final year of my study, because my vision was deteriorating 
and because the texts of the relatively new course I was studying 
weren't in the best of print, I had to change from using print to using 
tape.  This could have been quite a frightening transition to make at 
such a time.  However, I found the Disabled Students Office, my regional 
office and my course team all very understanding and helpful, without 
them detracting from the value of my study.  I got my course materials 
on tape within a week of requesting them and was offered whatever other 
support I might require.  I was able to continue to receive the print 
copies of course materials, too, so that I could follow the print text 
whilst listening to the tapes.

I will confirm what Lèonie has said about it being hard work.  I did all 
ov my OU study at the same time as running my own business.  It did take 
up a lot of time, particularly as my print reading speed decreased.  But 
I got my BA(open), so it was well worth the effort.  I also very much 
enjoyed the interaction with other students at tutorials and summer 
schools and made some good friends along the way.

Good luck to both of you.



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