Royal visitor sees how technology is boosting distance learning at OUMay 29, 2013
The Duke spent the afternoon at the Walton Hall campus to glean a better understanding of its scope and impact and to see how the OU is keeping students’ needs at the heart of its work.
The visit included an opportunity for the Duke to take part in a round table discussion, facilitated by OU vice-chancellor Martin Bean.
The discussion focused on the UK’s skills agenda and the work being done at the OU both to equip its students with the qualifications and training they need to succeed and to be able to drive economic growth in the UK.
Also taking part were OU commercial director Steve Hill, Professor Rebecca Taylor, Dean of OU Business School and Ou director of government and external affairs Rajay Naik.
The Duke also toured some interactive exhibits in the OU’s Jennie Lee Building. He met staff and learned how technology is extending the OU’s global reach, in particular via its highly successful iTunes U platform and OU Anywhere, both of which enable students to study practically and flexibly.
The visit was part of the Duke of York’s work to encourage and support providers of excellent skills and enterprise-focused education, concluded with the unveiling of a commemorative plaque in front of a small number of senior staff and former OU students.