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Dreary correspondence colleges that send tatty typewritten notes to their suffering students are gradually being eclipsed by full-fledged open-learning institutions of wide educational significance. The Open University is the premier open-learning institution in the U.K., perhaps even in the world. It already offers an astronomy course as a significant part of a science major degree, and further courses are planned, including an in-service course for school teachers.
In this article I discuss: