OERu

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  1. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Active Member

    Hello!


    Have a look at https://oeru.org/courses! It seems that one can get a cheap CertHE (=first year undergraduate studies) of the University of the Highlands and Islands for little money, and it seems you can transfer some courses to the Thomas Edison State University.

    I did not do any further research, but maybe this is helpful for someone here - who can hopefully tell us more if she or he enrols?



    Gruß
    Mac Juli
     
  2. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    I like University of The Highlands and Islands, They have terrific Gaelic programs and I'm a sucker for schools that help preserve languages.

    But how is this cheap? I couldn't find costs in a hurry - but I'd assume because it's a year of British University - 120 (British) credits - it'd cost like one. I'm assuming $10 k to 12,000 or so. Am I wrong?
     
  3. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    This from the University of Highlands etc. site:
    "average tuition fees for students from the EU/EEA are 5,100 GBP per year, ranging from 4,700 GBP to 5,800 GBP."

    Probably more for North Americans. And worth it for a good school like this. But cheap? No.
     
  4. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Read more - 60 units assessed by U. of Highlands, 60 by other Oeru partners - I don't know who. The 120 credits get you into second year of 2 year Higher Cert. at U of Highlands. When completed, that's equivalent to 2 years of university. Then you're good to go into final year of 3 year bachelors. Long and convoluted route with multi-institutions.

    Can't see how you'd save any money by not going direct. Oeru and all these partners have to make money.Oeru could be more upfront about costs. Still can't find them. I'm out.
     
  5. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Mac Juli - what made you think this was cheap?
     
  6. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    One good thing about this program I overlooked. 3 years, 3 exits, 3 credentials. First year - Certificate worth 1 year University. Second year - Higher Cert - worth 2 years of Uni. Third year - degree completion. Like Pokemon - "gotta catch them all!" Yes, it has its advantages - but still not cheap.
     
  7. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Active Member

    Mainly the nice video on their facebook-site, but I did not dig any deeper until now - that's why I used the subjunctive ("it seems") excessively.
    But hey, I am going to ask directly now and tell us all!
     
  8. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Active Member

    In the meantime, until I get a response for those interested, see here: https://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/oeru/.

    "The CertHE Business is made up of a number of mandatory and optional courses provided by us and our partner institutions. Successful achievement of 120 credits will gain you the full CertHE. You only pay the assessment fees for the modules undertaken."
     
  9. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    I did. It seems (to use your word) that a 20-credit module costs 1,070 GBP for distance ed. , That would mean the cert likely costs about 6 times that , working out to about $7,800. Two years - $15,600. Three years (degree) - $23,400.

    Like most other good things, it does not seem cheap. https://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/first-steps/how-much-will-it-cost/
     
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  10. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Those are prices for non-EU students I used. Brits and EU pay a bit less. It's all on the site at the link I posted. I wonder if I could get in at local prices. I've lived in Canada for 68 years but on paper, I'm still a Brit.
     
  11. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Active Member

    Hello!

    It seems :) that these are the prices if you enroll directly. Without OERu. For enrolling with OERu, we will see...

    Best regards,
    Mac Juli
     
  12. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Can't see how it would be appreciably less - for a couple of reasons. One of them is that 87% of the program is taught by the University - half of the first year (60 units) and ALL of the second and third years. OERU and its contracted teaching partners have to make something on the deal...

    My take: It probably costs MORE than I said but I'll wait till you hear from OERU.
     
  13. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Active Member

    Year, we will see. - I am expectant to hear from them... *drum fill*
     
  14. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Even at half-price for the first year - if OERU and partners taught their half for free - it's still not cheap. For the $4,000 or so it would cost under those almost unimaginable circumstances, you could earn an entire degree from U. of the People. Now that's cheap. But we'll see what OERU has to say.

    I'll wait. Now if OERU would partner up with U. of the Highlands for a Gaelic certificate program that was genuinely low-cost, I'd be registering in a heartbeat!
    Sa bhad! (Immediately!)
     
  15. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Mac Juli got back to me. No reply from U. of the Highlands as of yet. Not unusual for overseas schools, in my experience. Went through the OerU site - seems I overlooked one wrinkle. You can take the first year course for free - you get access to the course videos etc - it only costs if you want the certificate. For that, you don't pay tuition, but you have to pay assessment fees - for reading and marking your assignments, exams etc. How much? Doesn't say. This first year deal could be a lot cheaper than I thought, but I'm still guessing. I'll fish around and maybe find something from Oeru.

    Don't know why they advertise it and hide the price. So you have to call, I guess.
     
  16. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Active Member

    Contacted them via facebook, the social media team sent me to the contact form on their website several days ago (which I used).

    Well, other universities in UK are more responsive, even in these days. But let's give them a chance.

    *still drum fill*
     

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