iGoogle OpenLearn

June 26th, 2008 Posted by: l.dewis

OU Corporate & Employer Services have recently released a Fact of the Day iGoogle widget. Add it to your iGoogle homepage and benefit from a snippet of knowledge and a link to an OpenLearn study unit every day. Employers love bite-sized learning that their employees can do on the job. Its a good way to keep people aware of what knowledge is available to them on OpenLearn as well as providing those all important small talk facts for business lunches. Did you know..? Soon, everyone, everywhere will be small talking about OpenLearn… there are already a few hundred people using it.

iGoogle widget

One satisfied, albeit anonymous user states:

It’s really a free course of the day! Really liked this – rather than just a fact you can go on and learn about the topic for free (downloadable courses, materials etc.). The Open University has a very good reputation for quality content so fair play for releasing this – thanks!

Once again the Hirst proves to be a pioneer having launched OpenLearn daily back in the day. This offers daily chunks of learning rather than a daily fact but a similar idea.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Tony Hirst  |  June 26th, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    But if the fact came from an OpenLearn unit, and you liked the fact, you could then subscribe to a daily feed from the unit? That would be a beautiful little microconversaion?

    PS a couple of things are being built by a contractor for wordpress MU (i think, or was it drupal…?;-) at the mo – a tool to import and publish each course unit as a separate wordpress mu blog, and a service to provide daily feeds for a course unit from that environment

    Btw -you seen ninehub yet?

  • 2. l.dewis  |  June 27th, 2008 at 9:41 am

    Yes it would be nice to have a subscribe to daily feed button from each unit… is Patrick working on the WordPress MU project because I was meant to speak to hiom about something like that but he has gone into a research bunker somewhere… I love the idea and it’ll be interesting to monitor uptake… how do we promote ‘LearnPress’ and how does it fit with OpenLearn or should we attempt to keep them apart? If a unit directs a learner to write in their (Moodle) Learning journal do we edit the blog?

    Thanks for the nod to ninehub… wondering how long that’s been out… will write more upstairs…

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