OU Study 4+

The Open University

Designed for iPad

    • 2.9 • 50 Ratings
    • Free

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Description

Companion app for OU module websites (Early release, selected modules only)

Accessibility Statement - https://www.open.ac.uk/apps/ou-study/accessibility-ios

OU Study is the new companion app for OU Module websites and will be replacing the OU Anywhere app from June 2021. The full list of available modules and the roll-out plan is available at www.open.ac.uk/oustudyapp www.open.ac.uk/oustudyapp

You will need to sign in using your Open University Username and Password (the same one you use to sign into the website). The OU Study app is for enrolled students who are registered on a course or qualification. Free or paid-for learning content from partner websites (such as OpenLearn or FutureLearn) will not be available in the app.

Features of the OU Study app include:
• Always having your study planner to hand
• Having access to your learning materials on the go
• Being able to download your learning materials to use offline
• Reading and responding to module forum posts

For more information about the app and how to download it:
• Go to the OU Study app support guide www.open.ac.uk/oustudyapp
• Read the OU Study one-page overview https://bit.ly/2BdtVhc
• Watch the OU Study introductory video https://youtu.be/Nqbo7SL4ZJM
If you have any feedback or would like to suggest some ideas for the app, you can get in touch by using the Feedback function within the app, available through the Settings menu or by leaving a review. We regret that we can’t always reply to these directly, but we’re keen to hear your thoughts and have already prioritised requirements based on feedback given by students.

For any urgent or access queries, contact the computing helpdesk at ou-scdhd@open.ac.uk

THINGS TO NOTE BEFORE USING THE APP

- You are likely to find that the app takes a few minutes to load the first time you use it as there is a lot of information in your module website, so we recommend using a Wi-Fi connection for your first use. The app will get quicker the more you use it, as it will cache some of the information, but please be a little patient with it at first.

- Not all activities will be available in the app, but links will take you to the mobile version of the website where needed. This will include things like quizzes and collaborative activities such as discussions, blogs, wikis and OpenStudio.

- Links to other OU websites such as StudentHome, the Library and Study sites will open in your mobile browser.

- On your module website, the study planner always opens on the current week, based on the date. In the app, you can choose to see the current week, or if you select a different week, it will remember this for you the next time you use the app (instead of always returning to the current week). This means it will be quicker for you to start where you left off but it also means you won’t have key dates surfaced as easily if you’re studying at a different pace than the module. In the future, we will introduce notifications to help keep you informed about upcoming dates but for now, you will be responsible for keeping an eye on your key dates for assessments and tutorials when using the app. You will need to check these regularly using the Assessment and Tutorials pages, or by using the desktop and mobile versions of your module website.

- The Study planner progress tracking (tick boxes and progress bar) are synced between the app and your module website, which means if you tick an activity as done on the app, the change will be made to your module website, and vice versa.

- Any activities you complete in the app that can be saved, like answering questions, are synced between the app and the website.

What’s New

Version 3.9.3.4

- Enhancements and bug fixes.
- Forums now available in the app.

Ratings and Reviews

2.9 out of 5
50 Ratings

50 Ratings

JustJaamesy ,

It needs to be optimised for mobile layout

I’m going to give this 3 stars on the basis that the idea is a good one and because this is an app in development. Had it been a completed product, I would honestly give it 1-star.

I think it’s really important to stress that the desktop layout of the OU website (specifically StudentHome) is not mobile friendly at all. While you may be able to get away with it for tablet and iPad users, it otherwise feels very dated and slow for mobile users which is the opposite purpose for an app.

The app should be quick and very easy to navigate through which can be achieved with the correct responsive design and layout. Take into consideration behavioural factors when determining what should be available on the app as a priority (for instance, checking personal calendar, TGF, module planner, TMA questions for those sourcing research material at a library, etc).

Create an internal bookmark where people can add pages and treat it as a quick “go to” menu. This can be done by even having a start on the top left of the screen, whereby clicking it can populate a drop down menu of pages to visit that have been favourited by the end user. To close it, simply click the star again.

All in all, the potential for this to be really good is there, but it needs quite a lot more work yet to reach that threshold - best of luck with it!

Kez175 ,

Interested to see this unfold.

I’ve only rated this a 3 star as whilst this is currently being developed and rolled out, my course isn’t actually available. It’s a little annoying as this would make my studying substantially easier, using this means I could take my uni work with me without having to use all my books!
I really hope this app continues to grow and soon my course material will be available. Until then I can’t really give a full review, hence the stars.
Please develop and add to this soon. I’m studying B207 and B124 currently so it would be nice to see these on here.

Developer Response ,

Hi Kez175, thanks for your review. Apologies we were not able to get B207 and B124 live in the app in time for you to be able to use the app. We are rolling out to more modules this year which will be going live in September and October. These will be listed on the OU Study website https://learn1.open.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=100187. If there are any upcoming modules you may be enrolled on, please do request these via the OU Study forum on our site or via the Feedback option in the app and we’ll look to get these in the app. Thanks, Veda

Rich7NS3 ,

Early review - it’s great!

I haven’t officially started studying yet, but I’ve downloaded to get used to it and it seems to have everything you’d need. The resources tabs has the module textbooks which is such a relief as it will make studying on the go, at work, in bed, wherever you’ve got your mobile, so much more convenient. No more lugging books around 😁

The study planner is also so much easier to find and navigate than through the browser. Win win 🥇

Developer Response ,

Hi Rich7NS3, Thank you so much for your early review! We're pleased to hear you've had a look at it already and spotted features which will be useful for your studies. If you'd like to learn more about using the app, our support guide can be found here: https://learn1.open.ac.uk/mod/oucontent/view.php?id=22447.
Good luck with your studies, and we hope you enjoy using OU Study! Best wishes, Veda

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