Making your learning count
This innovative and flexible OU level 1 module allows you to count previous or current study from the OU’s free learning website, OpenLearn, or other specified open educational resources (OER) towards qualifications. Through a series of topics and assessment tasks, you will explore what you have learned on these OER whilst developing the skills you need to be a successful student. The blend of subjects that you choose to cover is up to you, making this learning experience an entirely personal one. Your tutor will help you plan your study and identify what you are hoping to achieve through this module and your future study plans.
Modules count towards OU qualifications
OU qualifications are modular in structure; the credits from this undergraduate module could count towards a certificate of higher education, diploma of higher education, foundation degree or honours degree.
This is an optional module in our:
BA/BSc (Honours) Open (QD)
BSc (Honours) Mathematics and its Learning (Q46)
BSc (Honours) Mathematics and Statistics (Q36)
Diploma of Higher Education in Mathematical Sciences (W43)
Certificate of Higher Education in Mathematical Sciences (T14)
Diploma of Higher Education Open (W34)
Certificate of Higher Education Open (T09)
BSc (Honours) Combined STEM (R28)
BSc (Honours) Mathematics (Q31)
What you will study
Open educational resources (OER) provide a valuable platform for learning about a wide variety of topics and subjects. This module allows you to take what you have learned and use it towards our Open qualifications. You will have a tutor to offer help and advice, and fellow students with whom you can share ideas.
You will need to undertake 150 hours of learning on the OU’s free learning website, OpenLearn, or other specified OER, some or all of which you may have completed already. This includes FutureLearn, edX, Coursera and OERu. You will also complete a number of assessment tasks on the module website, which will ask you to analyse and reflect on your OER study.
These assessment tasks will help you develop your study skills over the course of the module. These will focus on developing the ability to plan and reflect on your learning. This will be done by supporting you to decide on the courses you will study and when. You will learn how to communicate your learning through a variety of tools, and then develop an appreciation of multi and interdisciplinary study. You will be able to look at other students’ work and comment on it, and develop the ability to learn about how assessment can consolidate your learning. All this will be carried out while you have a very wide choice of materials to give you a taste of a variety of topics and disciplines.
The final assessment task provides you with an opportunity to consolidate your learning as you approach the completion of this module.
You will learn
The module will help you explore what happens when you bring different knowledge, skills and learning experiences together. You will discover the richness that comes from thinking about a topic from a variety of angles. This new insight may confirm that your learning goals are exactly as you had originally planned, or it may open a whole new world of possibilities.
Although there are no formal entry requirements, this module is most suitable if you have completed some study using The Open University’s free learning website, OpenLearn. or other specified OER. This includes FutureLearn, edX, Coursera and OERu or any other open educational resources.
If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.
You'll have access to a module website, which includes:
- a study planner
- course-specific module materials
- video content
- assignment details and submission section
- online tutorial access
You'll also have personalised support and one-to-one telephone tutorials.
A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module. Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices.
Any additional software will be provided, or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a device that meets the requirements below.
A desktop or laptop computer with either an up-to-date version of Windows or macOS.
The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.
To join in the spoken conversation in our online rooms we recommend a headset (headphones or earphones with an integrated microphone).
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