Members of the OU community (that’s you) – staff, students and alumni – are scattered across the globe and our online content reaches just as wide. The OU has a huge presence online and we’re keen to build a relationship with you in the spaces you’re already comfortable with, as well as trying out new spaces together.
We want our content to be accessible to all and that’s why we have thousands of hours of content freely available via YouTube, iTunes U and OpenLearn, much of which can be reused in a way that benefits you. (A small point to bear in mind is that the terms and conditions of the licences for each of these sites does vary and you can contact Stuart Brown if you want more details on this).
If you use a social networking site to contact other students or to help your study we have some guidance about the OU policies that apply in that medium. Please read Using social networking tools: guidance for OU students' on Student Policies.
Platform is the OU’s community website, targeted at students and alumni, but open and accessible to all. The site features a broad range of content from OU headline news, feature articles and bulletins linked to the subjects you’re studying, events, competitions, student blogs, video and audio content, interest groups and forums. It’s a great place to chat to current students, graduates or even those who are brand new to study, across all faculties, subjects and stages in the student journey. It’s also a place to share your own stories, successes and thoughts.
If you're an OU student we've created a couple of Facebook applications that might be of interest to you. The first is called Course Profiles - it allows you to show others what courses you have studied (and hope to study in the future). Based on this info the app enables you to create relationships with other OU students, leave course reviews, access free course-related content, and suggests possible future courses based on others who have studied similar things to you.
The second app is My OU Story - this app allows you to publish your thoughts as you go through your course. You can assign an emotional status to each story and then see how your mood has changed throughout your journey! You can see other people's stories and leave them messages too; it's a great way to meet new people, offer support and share stories.
OU Students Association (OUSA)
OUSA’s forums are open to all members of the OU community and are all moderated by students. Whatever your interests, hobbies or areas of academic study you’ll find a forum to suit you.
Interested in a new topic and want to dig deeper? Or maybe you're passionate about a subject and want to explore it further? Whether it’s a five minute exploration or a 50 hour expedition into learning that you’re after, you’ll find it on OpenLearn. And for free.
OpenLearn is the home of free learning from The Open University. With over 27 million visits since its launch in 2006, the site averages 300,000 unique visitors a month.
Everything you'll find on the site has been created by The OU with input from our experts. For over four decades, we’ve made great programmes in partnership with the BBC, and OpenLearn is the place where you'll find learning inspired by those programmes. You can also try a taste of student life with over 650 free courses, developed from modules that our registered students take.
Visit OpenLearn now and discover a world of interactive games, videos, podcasts, online debates and ways to get your hands on free posters and booklets.
What are you waiting for? Take your study further with us now.
OpenLearn is proud to be part of the OER movement. This means that all the content you find on the site is made freely available to you under Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 licence (UK: England & Wales), unless otherwise stated.
Flick through our photos on the OU Flickr account! If you’ve been to an OU event recently and have some photos to share, let us know. For example, if you load pictures of your graduation to Flickr, be sure to tag them with ‘OU_ceremonies’ so others can find them too.
Network with The Open University Business School LinkedIn Group. This group is open to students, alumni, staff, and prospective students who wish to connect and network with like minded people within the community of our prestigious triple-accredited Business School, take part in a conversation or start your own!
The Open University Business School Alumni also have a LinkedIn Group (closed to only Business School Alumni) which can be found here.