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What about yours? Do they have a special place in your library? :-)
When I was doing A102, I found that my father had some of the material from an earlier incarnation of the Arts Foundation course in the bottom of a cupboard, probably borrowed from a colleague and forgotten - it was fascinating to look through it and see what had changed.
When I read some of the early arts/literature books from the 80's (requested for free from my book swapping website, BookMooch), I could also look at how things had changed so much in such a short time. I think technological advances allowed us to share more informations on relevant subjects, so it was only normal that course books and the courses themselves had to be changed every so often.
But I also wonder if this change in technology hasn't demanded more from us in terms of workload and research output, as I can see that my MA has to compile a lot of articles, books, websites, etc. It can be easy to extrapolate and digress, when there is so much information around! :-) Keeping a clear focus and a straight line can be hard!
No, sorry, I see my post was ambiguous. My father didn't study with the OU, but since my parents were both teachers we had a lot of contacts with people who did take OU courses in the early days: the books must have come from one of them. I'm sure it was tough in those days: having to get up at 5 a.m. to watch BBC2 and so on. Not to mention that practically no-one around you would have taken what you were doing seriously. Getting a degree off the telly: perhaps only one step worse than going to Keele or UEA, but not to be compared with serious study (i.e. getting a hairdressing diploma from the Tech).
Some of them still don't! BUT more and more of my study buddies have managed to get registered for MAs in Oxford Uni and other big names, so things are getting there...
Seriously, though, things are no longer like 'Educating Rita' (that movie did more harm than good, as it portrayed OU teachers as drunken old gits and students as battered Irish women in a bid to escape their husbands).
I'm glad to hear that 'real' (sorry) universities are starting to take OU qualifications seriously - I hope that prospective employers are just as enlightened...
If you want to do something different with your books, you could always swap them on BookMooch.com, as this is where I used to get my set books from. This year has been the only year where I had to buy books since August 2006! :-)
And the late, great Arthur Marwick, doyen of OU History was all three!
But that didn't stop them being excellent educators.
Incidentally none of them have borne any resemblance to Michael Caine.