The Centre for Open Learning of Mathematics, Science, Computing and Technology (COLMSCT) was funded between 2005 and 2010 by HEFCE as one of the funding Council’s Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
Faced with many challenges such as how to provide the home based student with rich and motivating learning experiences; how to help students to work together in spite of geographical separation and supporting students in how to use complex tools and techniques, the Centre harnessed academic creativity and new learning technologies to generate new responses to these long-standing challenges.
The technologies and approaches advanced by COLMSCT and the other OU CETLs have contributed to an enhanced institution-wide recognition of the possibilities that technology offers for efficient personalised learning. These ideas have been taken up in a major reform of student support.
COLMSCT was part of the Open CETL, a collaboration of the four centres based at the Open University. It was not a formal organisation but a way of describing how we worked together to inspire each other, to achieve greater impact and increase efficiency.
COLMSCT publication 'learning landscapes'
Learning Landscapes is the COLMSCT publication which highlights the work and achievements of its Teaching Fellows. You can read how online decision-making is improving nurses’ treatment of their patients; how disabled students are being enabled to take part in geology field trips; how prisoners are being given the opportunity to turn their lives around through access to higher education; and how students of all types can simply talk to each other and their tutor and enjoy learning together. To view the publication please See: http://www8.open.ac.uk/opencetl/resources/colmsct-resources