28 Feb 2014

The Open University celebrates double success at Guardian awards

Distance & Online Learning and Student Experience Awards

Distance & Online Learning and Student Experience Awards

The Open University has been recognised at this year’s Guardian University Awards, picking up two awards for Distance & Online Learning and Student Experience. At an event in central London on Wednesday evening, the university was presented with the awards for its OU Anywhere app which enables all undergraduates to access their course materials on the go.

The judges commended OU Anywhere on its originality, technical innovation and the fact it was being made available to all undergraduates.

In both categories the OU demonstrated impact for its innovative approach to providing high quality learning that positively enhanced student experience. The OU fought off stiff competition from University of Nottingham, Oxford Brookes University, University of Central Lancaster and Northumbria University at the event hosted by journalist and comedian Victoria Corren-Mitchell.

Martin Bean, Vice-Chancellor of The Open University said:

"These two awards are not just a wonderful recognition of the expertise and dedication of the teams here at The Open University, but also of the willingness and eagerness of our students to embrace new technologies and ways of learning.

"We are very proud of our place at the cutting edge of education, as well as the first class experience our students tell us they receive. These awards celebrate both in equal measure and I applaud all those who have worked towards this achievement."

In August 2012, the Vice-Chancellor’s office tasked the Learning and Teaching Solutions (LTS) team to create OU Anywhere. Just six months after the start of the project, the app was launched to the University’s undergraduate students studying modules at levels one and two, with over 150 eBooks available via the app.

The final phase of the project is due to end in February 2014, when all undergraduate and postgraduate courses will be available through OU Anywhere, coinciding with the OU’s course enrolment dates.

Collecting the awards on behalf of the OU were Tammy Alexander and Mark Wade from LTS.

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