Open University

  • Design Thinking - OpenLearn

    Are you ever frustrated with something that you thought you could design better?

    This free course from the OU will show you how to structure your natural creativity to come up with solutions to all kinds of problems, and have fun in the process too!

    After studying this course, you should be able to:

    • have an awareness of how design thinking can be applied in a wide range of contexts, from the personal to the global
    • investigate and think creatively about design problems and opportunities
    • initiate an attitude of playfulness to aid design thinking
    • develop visual literacy and articulacy to explain design decisions
    • use computing tools and online environments to aid design thinking.

    Access the full course at OpenLearn.


  • How to make an open online course - Open University

    This course, written by the Free Learning team at The Open University, aims to give you the skills and knowledge to design, structure and produce your own open online course.

    It is split into ten sessions, and in the middle of the course, you can test your knowledge by taking a practice quiz.

    At the end of the course, you will be asked to complete an assessed quiz. If you gain a score of at least 50% (and have clicked through all the pages of the course) you will earn a digital badge.

    The course is available here.

  • How To Produce a MOOC

    This 21 minute video is a deliverable of the European Union-funded project “BizMOOC – MOOCs for the world of business” and was recorded during the BizMOOC meeting at The Open University UK in Cardiff on 28 February and 1 March 2017.

    YouTube Video

    The slides are an adapted version from a presentation called “Beyond the Blend” by Lisette Toetenel (The Open University, UK) and Charles Jennings (The Internet Time Alliance & Duntroon) which was delivered on 11 May 2016 at the CIPD show in London, UK.

    The workshop was led by Ruth McFarlane (Technology Enhanced Learning Designer, The Open University (UK)).