Institute of Coding
The Open University (OU) has been announced as a major partner in the UK’s new £40 million Institute of Coding, which aims to train the next generation of digital specialists. The Prime Minister outlined the plans in a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
OU takes lead on key area of Institute of Coding
The OU will lead on one of the key strands of the Institute’s work – boosting graduate employability, and the teaching of computer science, cyber security and data science in universities. It will use more than 50 years’ experience in delivering innovation in higher education and driving social mobility to help devise ways of drawing people of all backgrounds into studying IT and computing.
OU role will encourage more people into computer science
Project lead at the OU, Professor John Domingue, Director of the Knowledge Media Institute, said:
“The demand is huge, and increasing, for people skilled in key computer science areas. The UK needs coders for existing industries but also for emerging sectors such as Artificial Intelligence.
“The OU will be helping universities to develop flexible ways for students to learn, enhancing diversity at scale so that far more people can study computer science in a way which suits them. We will be producing new courses in key areas such as Data Science and Cyber Security, and sharing our expertise in new learning technologies such as using blockchain (which underpins Bitcoin) and learning analytics.”
For more detail on the OU's involvement in the Institute of Coding, read the full story on OU News.