Open University Closes a Tradition

Open University Closes a Tradition:
For more than 30 years, the university — which was quick to adopt TV as a means of reaching its hundreds of thousands of enrollees — has produced low-budget programs on subjects as varied as art history and particle physics. The institution has proven to be a remarkably prolific broadcaster, with tens of thousands of shows aired on the BBC, almost of all of them in the wee hours.

But next weekend, Open University will mark its last broadcast. Almost all of its students now have access to the Web, and so campus officials say they’ll distribute course lectures through podcasts and, for those looking for that throwback feel, on DVD’s.

It is the end of an era.