So What Courses Should the OU be Offering?

So it seems as if the OU’s Platform site is not soliciting ideas for what sorts of courses we should be running: I would like to study…

So if you have an idea for a course you want to study, or other offering you think the OU should make, why not go and add your idea… or vote up one of the suggestions that has already been posted.

It’ll be interesting whether any of this, err, insight is passed on to folk tasked with developing the curriculum and, err, the OU’s “product offering”. One of the things I think I’ll do is set up an alert or too on courses in particular areas, using a limited search query of the form:
search terms site:www.open.ac.uk/platform/join-in/your-votes/question/

Now, has anyone asked for a Yahoo Pipes course I wonder?!

(By the by, Yahoo Pipes seems to be making an appearance in the assessment of an OU course (M887 Web systems integration maybe?), not that I’d know about that in any official capacity. So, if anyone from the appropriate CT in the Computing Dept reads this, it’d be good to chat about the sorts of submission you’re getting, and how you’re marking it. (I was wondering why I’d had so many “can you help me with my Yahoo Pipes” requests lately…;-))

PS There appears to be another way in to a page that looks remarkably like the one above via a URL of the form http://www.open.ac.uk/platform/category/question-category/i-would-study but I’m not sure how I managed to end up on that one?! Although this page gives you a feed, none of the links point outside the page… So best use the I would like to study… link instead…

PPS @mweller and I jokingly said that if the OU offered such a service, we’d write an open educational course on the most voted for idea in an open and public way… Err, it was a joke, wasn’t it?!

PPPS a note on the URI design, which looks like http://www.open.ac.uk/platform/join-in/your-votes/question-by-date/I%20would%20like%20to%20study… And yes, the are part of the link. Which means if you share it, the many linkifiers and URL shorteners will ignore that part of the URL and you’ll end up on a page that seems to be very slightly broken (just enough to be annoying/confusing). Oops…

Author: Tony Hirst

I'm a Senior Lecturer at The Open University, with an interest in #opendata policy and practice, as well as general web tinkering...