Allowing students to access OU media and learning content through the normal channels that students use every day, such as, Kindle, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.
When we discuss the potential for smart technology, we have a tendency to assume that we will need to build something or create a new service to take advantage. The OU has previously attempted to build new services which are very similar to already existing technology, and spending much time and resource in doing so. However, we've been most successful when taking advantage of existing services, such as iTunesU and the partnership with the BBC to deliver learning content.
The purpose of this strand is to establish where we can take advantage of already existing services and technology to more quickly deliver benefits to students, utilising services already commercially available and which they are familiar with, while saving time and resource that can be better used elsewhere.
We will start by examining a the potential to use a set of services, including Kindle, Spotify and Apple Podcasts, and Google Play, to see if it is possible to deliver some of our OER books, audio, and video content within those services and what the impact is on the experience.
There are various possible benefits to this work, including:
Work on this strand is scheduled to begin in April. Stay tuned here for regular updates.
The Smart Tech project was born out of the need to understand more fully the potential benefits of smart device usage on student success and to assess whether there are changes that we can make to the production and delivery of learning materials to assist in this aim.Discover more about the project