This probably won’t make much sense to anyone not in the UK, but here in the UK we have a long established distance learning organisation called the Open University. You can do genuine degrees, but at your own pace and at a lower cost than studying at a physical university.
I’m toying with the idea of doing an honours degree. Either music or literature, I think. (Ideally I would prefer film studies but there doesn’t seem to be any options for that). I’m the right side of 50 (just), but I work full time so it would have to be a part time thing over 6 years I’m thinking. I’ve had lots of experience of studying in the past, and I actually already have a degree in Philosophy and English from Glasgow uni, graduated 1995.
Why do it? I just miss studying and learning, and I want to give it a go now I am more mature and motivated. I feel I squandered my time at uni and just did the minimum for my 2:2 degree. It will be purely recreational, I’m not expecting any big career change or anything. I would just pay the fees monthly, which seems affordable.
And (I know this might sound stupid) I have just recently watched Educating Rita for the first time. Amazing film, and has really got me thinking about the importance of arts study for its own sake. (Yes, I know it’s not like that in real life – I won’t get weekly tutorials in a fancy office with Michael Caine and a bottle of whiskey…) It’s sparked some desire in me.
So just wondered who has had experience of this? Particularly as a mature student, working full time and with a family at the same time? My main worry is it would feel too isolated. I would ideally like to engage in tutorials and get a chance to talk to other students, although Covid if nothing else has probably limited that to online meetings for the foreseeable future. Although I would imagine/hope that once restrictions start lifting there would be the opportunity for some in-person events.
I know there are more specialist forums online for this type of discussion, but you know, it’s the Afterword so you always get interesting responses here. I’m interested in anyone’s experience of distance learning.