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OU announces 10 millionth visit to its OpenLearn site
The Open University has announced that its OpenLearn initiative, which provides free online access to Open University course materials, has had its 10 millionth visit.
Laura Dewis, managing editor of OpenLearn said: "When we launched in 2006, it was the first time that any UK university had given free online access to their course materials. We could only guess what demand would be like. Now we know more about what people want, we're re-launching the site this year to include more media rich, interactive features."
The most visited courses materials on the site include: law, study skills, business, and fiction writing. There are over 8000 learning hours in 12 subject areas with material from access to postgraduate level courses. Study units vary in length from 3-50 hours of learning. The OU says each OpenLearn study unit has clear learning outcomes and learners can connect with other learners and create their own communities of interest.
The website is built using Moodle, an open-source virtual learning environment (VLE). Social networking tools are provided through this VLE to connect learners for peer-to-peer support.
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