Future thinking

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VR Venepuncture

This highly interactive VR app provides a safe space in which users can develop key patient interaction skills and practise the process for obtaining blood samples.

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Human-centred design approach

As we do for every Learning Innovation project, our VR products have been developed with a focus on human-centred design.

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VR suitability toolkit

Emerging from our findings on past virtual reality projects, the toolkit is a practical guide to help educators determine whether a VR experience would be suitable to meet a pedagogical need.

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About us

Learning Innovation offers a place to explore, develop and evaluate new ideas, promoting innovation at The Open University.

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Teaching and learning

We are always looking at new ways to transform teaching and learning practices, helping to inform and improve methods of learning for students.

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New technologies

We are testing and experimenting with new technologies and systems that can help enable students realise their study goals.

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Horizon scanning

We are continuously looking out for emerging ideas, approaches and technologies in education, undertaking research, working directly with students, and attending events across the HE sector.

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Encouraging innovation

We work with a variety of partners at The Open University and across the sector to promote innovation, sharing our experience, insights, and processes to assist the uptake of new methods, practices and technologies.

Through collaboration and cooperation, we look to improve the experiences of students and support our academic and professional services colleagues.

How we work

VR in education

To realise the benefits of immersive simulation in education, the Learning Innovation team is pioneering evidence-led approaches to the design and development of virtual reality experiences.

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About the team

The Learning Innovation team is small, but we like to think perfectly formed! We're a future-thinking team, looking forward to where we think The Open University should be in five years.

As a team, we all come from slightly backgrounds, with different interests and angles. Every member of our team brings their own insight and experience to each project.

Meet the team

Get in touch

The Learning Innovation team is here to promote and encourage innovation across The Open University and beyond. If we can help to support an idea, or even if you just want to chat about innovation in general, please get in touch.

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