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Suddenly feeling part of a generation that has had their chance and done their bit

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A niece gets engage, another gets married and a colleague takes himself off to hospital feeling something isn't right and has a heart attack. Pefect place and timing. An operation the same night and he is fine. Might have been me, might as well have been. From a biological point of view once we've reproduced and raised them to adulthood what's our purpose? When nieces get married I think of my brother and sisters and wonder if our job is done. So what do are parents in their mid-80s think? Time to fit in another OU degree? I would and probably will.
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Learning across three generations

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Edited by Jonathan Vernon, Sunday, 26 Sept 2010, 08:40

I see an age where students from GSCE to postgraduate share the same plaform, so permitting the eager able younger student to improve at a far faster pace, while the postgraduates are made to express themsleves in a way that supports the introduction of younger, less experienced students to the subject.

It isn't the last fifty years of doing things that is being blown apart by e-learning, it is the last 1000 years.

Why shouldn't a mature, eager, bright 14 year old sit down with an undergraduate, graduate and Dphil student and others to discuss and learn about a topic?

In some families, where parents are academics this occurs over the dining room table every day.

So why not share this opportunity?

Though only back into the OU field for seven months (having previosuly been here in 2001) I am certain that there is a refreshing influx of 'freshers' - teenager, the age of my nephews, nieces and children.

This I am certain will radically change e-learning for the good.

Three generations studying together, any of this group tutors or students? What could be better?



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