Unlike the conventional university which relies on lectures to deliver content knowledge, OUM utilises
the printed module as its main teaching-learning tool. OUM's learning modules are unique in that they
encapsulate not only the curriculum but also the content knowledge in digestible form which learners
need to master within a semester of studies. Also, in contrast to lectures which are held within the
confi nes of what is essentially private space, OUM's modules are in the public domain, exposing them to
public scrutiny and critique, which makes it all the more crucial that they be of the highest standard. This
issue of TCX examines the centrality of modules in OUM's provision of higher education and OUM's
continuing efforts to produce modules of impeccable standards.