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Digital Tools For Learning

High-quality online teaching, alongside innovative approaches to online and onscreen teaching in blended modes, is key to our students’ success.

Our digital technology practice research focuses on:

  • Harnessing virtual experiences for learning;
  • Integrating geospatial science into distance education;
  • Exploring the use of technologies to connect students to fieldwork remotely.

In parallel with designing and developing interactive and engaging online content, we trial different strategies for online teaching and evaluate their impact on students.

Projects have investigated students’ perceptions of online practical science, techniques for teaching geospatial science, virtual environments, teaching practical science using GIS software and GIS mimicry, and our virtual microscope for online practical science teaching.

Current projects include:

If you have any questions or want to find out more please contact Julia Cooke.


Supporting students with dyslexia: an academic’s perspective

10% of the population are dyslexic. My name is Dr Anne Jay, and I am dyslexic. Dyslexia brings challenges that have a considerable impact on OU student success. A key struggle for people with dyslexia is written communication.

20th March 2023

Celebrating Graduation in Manchester

On 22 November Professors Clare Warren, Mark Brandon and Richard Holliman, and Dr Barbara Kunz travelled to Manchester for an OU Graduation Ceremony.

29th November 2022

EEES researcher to lead £800k project to improve global climate change predictions

An EEES researcher is leading a new Natural Environmental Research Council-funded project to improve our ability to predict climate change using cutting-edge analysis of fossilised algae molecules. 

15th November 2022
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