The hive mind delivered on the 2nd dog question. Although negotiations are still ongoing on that one
I'm considering a OU degree not to further what's laughably called my career but just because I find the subject fascinating, and I've read a lot of books and articles over the last few years. That subject is Psychology with a bent to Behavioural Economics. The OU have a whole bunch of interesting modules (after you've slogged through the first year foundation course) but it's a heck of a time (15 hrs/week) and cost (2.6km a year for six years) commitment.
I'm less worried about the qualification than actually just learning the stuff. I expect 15 hours a week would be easier in Winter than Summer but since I p!ss away about that on here, it might have some useful other consequences
So anyone started/finished a part time distance learning degree while working? Is the OU the only fruit or should I be getting excited about all this MOOC stuff. Any experience most welcome.