Open University Invitation for Design Educators
Design and Craft Educators at the Open University
After dipping into the mysteries of the Open University computer recently, I was surprised to discover that there are some 500 craft and design teachers currently registered for courses which will lead to the award of a degree. Most of these teachers are working in the Faculty of Educational Studies or in the Faculty of Technology. It is hardly surprising then that a new course entitled 'Technology for Teachers' emerged from a realization on the part of the Deans of these two faculties that the Open University system might be a useful tool in helping those teachers who wish to make their curriculum more 'technological' in content. The story goes that this inspired thought came during a discussion over a pint of beer, but the reality of the situation is that the Deans were sensitive to the national concern for the development of technological literacy amongst youngsters.