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Welcome to the Open University Learning Design website

Learning Design workshop at the OUHere you will find information about the Open University's approach to Learning Design. Learning Design involves a set of tools, views and principles which help guide the curriculum design process and place the student experience at the heart of curriculum design.

The Open University is proud to be recognised for the quality of its learning and teaching and invests staff time and production and presentation costs in developing and maintaining its curriculum to ensure that what is offered to students is fit for purpose and delivers institutional priorities.

In order to achieve this, the University has adopted an approach to developing its curriculum called OU Learning Design, which supports a consistent, structured design, specification and review process. It provides a simple set of tools and resources that enable a student-activity based approach that puts the learning journey at the heart of the design process. The tools help teams in defining their pedagogic approach, choosing and integrating an effective range of media and technologies, and enables sharing of good practice across the university.

OU Learning Design is characterised by three principles:

  1. The use of design ‘views’ as a means of describing learning activity
  2. Mechanisms to encourage the sharing and discussing of learning and teaching ideas
  3. The use of empirical research and conceptual tools and frameworks to inform and guide the decision-making process

If you have any questions about the Open University's Learning Design approach, please don't hesitate to contact the Learning Design team at We are always interested in exploring opportunities for collaborating with external partners.