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Supporting campaign to get the nation online by 2012

The Open University is proud to support Race Online 2012 – the nationwide challenge to get everyone in the United Kingdom online by the end of the Olympic year.

As well as producing a range of ‘How to’ videos about developing IT skills, and developing animation shorts to introduce students to subjects such as ‘what is an online library?’, the OU has donated IT equipment to AgeUK and other organisations.

And a competition on the OU community website Platform to find ‘digital champions’ for the campaign attracted 11,000 reads and a host of comments from OU students and alumni who pledged to support the campaign.


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Martha Lane Fox

OU honorary graduate Martha Lane Fox

Launching the partnership with Race Online 2012, Open University Vice-Chancellor Martin Bean said that is the OU’s mission to open access to education for everyone, using technology and the vast resources online.

Writing in the Open University's Open Eye bulletin in the Independent, Digital Champion and OU honorary graduate Marth Lane Fox said the OU's support of Race Online 2012 was a major step towards achieving the campaign's goal of getting 100 per cent of the nation online.

"If just a fraction of  Open University’s close to two million students, alumni and staff share their IT savvy with an offliner, we’ll be making real strides towards tackling this problem," she said.