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June 18, 2018

Open University

 

The Open University is the UK’s largest academic institution by student numbers. It focuses on distance learning, which it has been offering since the 1970s. It is recognised for its work and research in online and distance education, and it is involved in open education resources (OERs) as well as massive online open courses (MOOCs), via the FutureLearn platform, which it started in 2013.

Laura worked with the Open University in a learning media development role. She researched and created concepts for assets used in social science modules, including interactive media, infographics and data visualisations. She also provided best practice guidance and training for faculty members on writing for the web and eLearning design. She worked with faculty members and graphic/interactive developers to convert text-based material into engaging digital content.

To help explain the history of human migration around the world, Laura created an interactive map showing the diaspora of human movement around the globe, including colonialism, the slave trade and the creation of the European Economic Community.

Migration Map

This interactive was designed for a second level politics course in a unit about major political events. Students click on an event using the selectors on left, and a photo, map, blurb and video thumbnail appears showing information about the event. Clicking on the video thumbnail shows details of the event in question.

This interactive was designed for a second level politics course in a unit about major political events. Students click on an event using the selectors on left, and a photo, map, blurb and video thumbnail appears showing information about the event. Clicking on the video thumbnail shows details of the event in question.

Big Events Interactive

Laura created infographics on topics like asylum seeking and the election process in the USA to help explain complex ideas or to reduce the need for dense sections of text.

Social Science Infographics
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