The OU is announcing OUAnywhere, a new initiative that will allow students to access and download texts and audio visual materials for all its undergraduate degrees via apps for their smartphones and tablets.
Due for release in the first quarter of 2013, OUAnywhere puts all a student needs to study their degree in their hands. Undergraduates will be able to access all Level 1 and 2 (30 and 60 points) main course materials through their handheld devices. In addition, students will be able to access a diverse range of the OU’s audio and visual content to support their studies.
The app was created in response to a rising number of students who are using tablets and smartphones as part of their approach to studying.
OUAnywhere will be available across a plethora of platforms, including:
• Android devices
• iPads (iPad 1 and above)
• iPhones (iPhone 3GS and above)
• Kindle Fire
• Microsoft Surface
OUAnywhere represents the natural evolution of open education. Retaining the accessibility of online courses, OUAnywhere also allows OU students to attain a formally recognised qualification through their studies while delivering the trademark flexibility, support, and innovation upon which The Open University was built.
“OUAnywhere will allow students to hold the university in their hands,” said the OU’s Learning and Teaching Solutions Director Anne Howells, who is heading up the programme. “More and more students are using tablets and smartphone technology, and higher education needs to keep up to fulfil their evolving demands. Through OUAnywhere, the university is delivering innovation that meets those needs, and puts the OU ahead of the HE pack.”
The apps are currently in development, but more updates on its progress and the impending launch will be released in the coming months.