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Accessibility Statement for Design thinking: creativity for the 21st century (U101)

Mode of study

Most of this module’s study materials are online. Online materials are composed of pages of text with images, audio/video clips of 1–30 minutes long (all with transcripts/subtitles), diagrams, interactive media and animations. Online materials also include links to external resources, online forums and online tutorial rooms. The module also includes online activities using OpenDesignStudio, a social network site developed at the Open University for sharing and discussing module work. Students receive a Welcome Pack containing a number of tangible items.

Tuition strategy

This module has online tutorials. Although not compulsory, tutorials will help you consolidate your learning.

Working with others

You will be not be required to work with other students. But on OpenDesignStudio you are required to look at, and comment on, others’ work, as well as reflect on others’ comments on your work.

Practical work

This module includes practical work throughout. It makes extensive use of tools such as pencils, pens and paper, and asks you sketch and make physical models using materials such as card and sticky tape. You will also be required to use a digital camera to record your work and communicate it to others. Some students who are blind/partially sighted or have mobility or manual dexterity difficulties may need assistance with the practical work. Additionally, some activities and sections within the assessments require you to observe and engage with others, including talking to others. This module introduces you to the use of an online design studio.

Diagrams and other visual content

The study materials contain a considerable number of photographs. Reflecting on and producing examples of these is an important part of the study of this module and is assessed. Figure descriptions are provided for all figures.

Finding information

You may be required to search for, and make use of, third-party material online and this is assessed. Alternatives for required/assessed research material can be provided to enable you to meet the Learning Outcomes of the module.


This module has tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) and an end-of-module assessment (EMA) that you must submit via the online TMA/EMA service.


You will receive feedback from your tutor on your submitted Tutor-Marked Assignments (TMAs). This will help you to reflect on your TMA performance. You should refer to it to help you prepare for your next assignment.


All University modules are structured according to a set timetable and you will need time-management skills to keep your studies on track. You will be supported in developing these skills.

Specialist software

The module materials and assessment ask you to use the following specialist software: CompendiumDS. This is a concept-mapping software similar to mind-mapping software.

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