As one who is proud to be an OU graduate, I have to say that the OU currently seems to be letting itself down rather badly on some of its websites. The revised iSpot site has been the subject of a considerable amount of well deserved criticism. I have just completed a course on the OpenLearn site which was meant to require around 24 hours of study time. I reckon it required less than 4 hours and even that could have been halved if the response times from the site had been up to scratch. Add a re-launched course with out-of-date materials and end of section tests full of 50/50 questions, questions which were little more than spelling tests and questions with incorrect answers and the result is something substantially below the standard I know the OU can achieve.
On iSpot we are disappointed with what we are seeing. Unfortunately this may just be a symptom of a wider ill.