- Aligns with the Journeys from Informal to Formal Learning strategy.
- Helps to provide accessible routes into education for students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to participate.
- Supports The OU Charter: … to promote the educational well-being of the community generally.
- Aims to deliver a high quality student experience in relation to careers services and employability skills development.
Open University Badged Open Courses
Subject and study skills mastery
- Succeed with maths – Part 1
- Succeed with maths – Part 2
- Taking your first steps into higher education
- Succeed with learning
- English: skills for learning
- The digital scholar
- Digital literacy [Part-funded by the HEA]
- Succeed in the workplace
- Developing career resilience
- Introducing the voluntary sector
- Working in the voluntary sector
- Understanding your sector
- Facilitating learning in practice
- Introduction to cyber security
- Returning to Science Technology Engineering and Maths [Funded by HEFCE]
Subject and study skills mastery
- Succeeding in postgraduate study (2017)
- Working in diverse teams (2017)
- Leadership and followership (2017)
- Communication (2017)
- Learning to learn languages (2017)
- Exploring sporting success (2017)
- Mastering systems thinking (2017)
- Introduction to social science (2017)
- Understanding mental capacity assessment (2017)
- Managing my money (aimed at teenagers) (2017)
- Understanding autism (2017) [Sponsored by Dangoor Education]
- Exoplanets (2017) [Sponsored by Dangoor Education]
- Microgravity (2017) [Sponsored by Dangoor Education]
- Moons of the solar system (2017)
- Smart cities (2017)
- Learn to code for data analysis (2017)
- Maths for science and technology (2017)
- Manufacturing (2017)
- Computers and computer systems (2017)
- Introduction to chemistry (2017)
Recognition of, and motivation for, learning
Currently, learners enrolled on any of the hundreds of short courses on OpenLearn can keep track of their learning on an individual course via their MyOpenLearn profile. Each course carries an Activity Record to print or to share online and a Statement of Participation for completed courses. Digital badges issued with each BOC and accompanying Statement of Participation are a different marker of achievement: learners will have not only read full online courses but will have passed online quizzes to earn their digital badge and OU Statement of Participation.
Our research has shown that this:
- helps learners build confidence
- delivers key skills and knowledge
- provides motivation for learning
- enables learners to obtain a record of achievement which they can share.
Learners can display their completed badges publicly or privately in their My OpenLearn profile and link to other platforms, such as LinkedIn, WordPress, Twitter and Facebook. OU students will shortly also be able to see these particular achievements on their Student Record. Digital badges are a form of so-called 'micro-credential', that can be used to augment formal qualifications.
Open University Badged Open Courses have received the following awards:
- Nomination for the Times Higher Education Award for Widening Participation Initiative for the Year (2015).
- Winner 2016 Open Education Consortium: Creative Innovation Award.
For more information, please contact Patrina Law, Head of Free Learning, The Open University.
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