Open University Open Up the Future

The Open University’s RUMPUS  is an interdisciplinary research group based in WELS – The Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies.  The group brings together people, practices, research and resources and provides a vibrant research culture for all members.

RUMPUS welcomes academics, professionals, students, teaching staff and curriculum developers from the OU and across the world who are interested in exploring, understanding and cocreating fun in learning. The group has a wide variety of research interests and approaches including:

  • Innovative Pedagogies
  • Educational Futures
  • Childhood
  • Online Learning
  • Responsible Research and Innovation
  • Science Education
  • Inclusion and Diversity
  • Mixed Realities
  • International Development
  • Educational Technology
  • Arts, creativity and Education

RUMPUS meets once a month and organises different activities taking place throughout each semester. These include workshops, webinars, conferences and informal catch-up with coffee and cake. The group also participates in the  Playful Learning annual event every summer and in the ASE – Association for Science Education international conference every winter.

RUMPUS is committed to the OU’s mission “open to people, places, methods and ideas”, as well the OU’s strategy  ‘students first’ through high-quality research focused on enjoyable and meaningful learning with fun.