Distance learning can also be the way forward
The Open University (OU) is a world leader in flexible distance learning, pioneering teaching and learning methods that enable people to achieve their career and life goals.
The OU has taught more than 1.7 million students worldwide and has more than 7,500 students throughout Ireland.
Open University courses are taught using a combination of written, online and audio-visual materials, with students receiving tutor support throughout their studies as well as the support of fellow students via the OU's online communities.
The flexibility the OU provides enables students to combine work and study.
Two of the OU's newest courses are My Digital Life and Discovering Mathematics and these can be studied for free as part of the Higher Education Authority's Springboard Programme.
My Digital Life gives students a view of the future in which computers stop being discrete boxes on desks and become part of almost every manufactured object.
The course examines how computers are changing the world beyond recognition and the challenges and opportunities this brings.
On successful completion of this course. students will be awarded a Certificate in Computing and IT.
Discovering Mathematics is intended to enrich mathematical knowledge and understanding and to provide students with the techniques and strategies to tackle mathematical problems.
The course looks at a variety of mathematical topics, from statistics to trigonometry, and introduces mathematical modelling and problem-solving strategies.
For further information about these two courses, come along to The Open University in Ireland's Information Event in its Dublin Office in Holbrook House, Holles Street, Dublin 2 on Wednesday, June 22 at 4pm, or you can talk to one of the friendly team on 01 678 5399 / Ireland@open.ac.uk