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1byzanne
Ago 18, 2007, 4:04am

I am signed up to do DD305 beginning in August - two weeks ago, the first package arrived. It is like Christmas! DVDS, books, TMA book, and all the usual gubbins. This time, I got a folder too. I've been very restrained and put the whole lot on a shelf - usually I spend ages flicking through everything but I have a major project to get out of the way first.

Sooner or later everything will be downloadable (most stuff already is) and they won't bother sending hard copies. One of the major experiences of OU study will be lost.

2billythefish
Ago 27, 2007, 4:46pm

I quite agree; and it's not just the initial experience, is it; it's the memories that hard copies enable you to re-experience that the electronic data just won't supply. I suppose the argument when this change becomes wholesale will be one of cost (e-books etc being cheaper to deliver); but I bet they won't reduce the course costs in line with the savings.

Also, it means I won't be able to catalogue the books they issue on this site!

3tomcatMurr
Dez 28, 2007, 8:05am

ooh I hope they dont do that. I still have many of my OU coursebooks, and jolly good they are too. Precious memories indeed

4Booksloth
Ago 31, 2010, 3:50pm

Very nearly 3 years since the last post but it was the most appropriate place I could find to note that a big box arrived this afternoon containing all my course materials for the next 16 months. It's over 10 years since I last had one of these and I'd almost forgotten how exciting (and intimidating) it is!

And it's all on hard copy:-)

5klarusu
Ago 31, 2010, 4:00pm

I'm totally jealous Booksloth ... no more for me this year but I don't think I'm done yet in the long run. Have fun. I can still remember the smell of the books ...

6Booksloth
Ago 31, 2010, 4:23pm

Well, that's another really good point, now you've mentioned it. Don't OU books smell good?

7TheHumbleOne
Set 1, 2010, 4:33am

I'm waiting for my A216 History of Art stuff and, yes, even after 14 or so courses I still keep checking despatch to see if the books are on their way yet.

8thorold
Set 1, 2010, 12:58pm

I'm jealous too. Have fun, all who're starting new courses!

I just had a sniff at my OU shelf to see if it would unleash a burst of nostalgia, but I think all the volatiles have been used up in the last ten years or so. Just a little whiff of solvents from the nasty plastic binders that came with the law courses.

Speaking of evaporating solvents, one of the few perks I got for the extra fees I had to pay for being in "continental Europe" was to receive all the radio and TV programmes on cassettes. I have piles and piles of OU audio and VHS cassettes in a cupboard somewhere, many of them with very interesting things on them - I wonder if I still have a working player for either format...?

9TheHumbleOne
Set 1, 2010, 5:22pm

I bought a cassette player and a VCR partially for accessing old course materials. And then there are the old off-air recordings from TV and radio that may well never become available commercially. They will happily release On the Buses but the chances of old workshops on Measure for Measure resurfacing are not great

10Booksloth
Set 2, 2010, 7:22am

My biggest problem with OU has always been knowing when to stop. I always want to read every single recommended book, watch every programme that has ever been made on the subject etc. In preparation for this course I've been through practically every word on the OU website (if there was such a thing when I did my BA I certainly never used it so I need to get to know my way around). Once the real work starts, of course, there just isn't time to do all that so I'm making the most of the time I have now but the reading guides end each chapter with enough further reading suggestions to keep me going for the rest of my life. Here's where I start wishing for an extra hundred years (and that's not even counting getting through my ordinary LT Mount TBR!)

11TheHumbleOne
Out 8, 2010, 8:34am

I keep buying recommended books relating to modules I haven't yet registered for. Meanwhile lord knows how many DVDs I've bought for next years presentation of AA310 Film History. I don't know how I'm to find the time to watch them!

12soniaandree
Nov 22, 2010, 12:21pm

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What should I say? I managed to be given whole coursebooks for courses that have 'died' those last couple of years (and some 'ongoing' ones), but that I fancied doing anyway, like 'renaissance in europe', the 'science of archaeology' short course,'siena, florence and padua' art and bits of the AA306 shakespeare course...