Where next for tuition at the Open University?

Posted Posted in Course design, OU VLE, Policies, Strategy

Should Open University students be entitled to particular types and amounts of tuition during their studies?  Should provision be consistent across tutor groups, regions and nations, and qualifications?  What are the most successful pedagogical strategies for online synchronous sessions?  How should we engage with Facebook as an institution?  What role do face to face sessions […]

Mock-up of new mobile interface for OU course websites

Can technology significantly impact learning before it has been commoditised?

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Adoption, Course design, iPad, Mobile Learning, Moodle, OU VLE, Podcasts

I’ve just had some interesting conversations at an event for new OU module chairs at Cranfield University after presenting on some of the possibilities of elearning for our students. One academic wondered how he could be expected to design courses for smartphones and tablets when the University was not prepared to buy him these devices […]

Jo Caldwell

How your tutor can turn into your boss

Posted Posted in Course design, Podcasts

Jo Coldwell, Associate Head (Teaching and Learning) in the School of Information Technology at Deakin University in Australia talks about an initiative led by her colleague Annegret Goold to develop a parallel virtual organisation called United Enterprises. Students have to apply for jobs at this virtual organisation and then take the role of an employee, […]

Mike Richards

Large Scale Educational Podcasting

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In the first of a series of podcasts about learning innovations, I interview Mike Richards, course chair of a new OU course planned for Autumn 2010: “My Digital Life”. This innovative course teaches programming principles without students having to type in any code – instead they use a drag and drop environment developed at MIT […]

Tree at the OU

Open source, open content, now … open course design

Posted Posted in Course design

On a lunchtime stroll along the riverside today, Gráinne Conole was bombarding me with her latest thoughts on Cloudworks, her JISC-funded project which enables you “to find other people’s learning and teaching ideas, designs and experiences as well as sharing your own”. She is planning to extend the system to allow course teams to carry […]