The Open University App
The Open University App, Applications available for downloading will be linked from this page.
Some of the apps will be available via the Apple iTunes Application Store or the Android Market and others will be available for direct download for use by Open University staff either as a finished applications or as prototypes to aid our testing.
OU Anywhere is an app for students of The Open University available on both iOS6 and Android version 4 and above. If you are a Level 1 or 2 student and starting a module in 2013 you can now access your printed books as ebooks and your CDs and DVDs as downloadable files for use offline. Level 3 content will be delivered later in 2013 and Post Graduate content in 2014.
Chinese Characters First Steps
Learning to read and write Chinese characters presents two challenges to both non-native learners as well as Chinese children who first start learning characters:
- The complexity of characters, as an average character consists of about 12 strokes
- Matching characters with their pronunciation, pinyin and the meaning
This new version of Chinese Characters First Steps tackles these two challenges on one screen to help you learn, recognize and remember the most frequently used 400 plus characters in a systematic, friendly and fun way. Rather than having a textbook, audio device, dictionary and a notebook to write, you get the stroke-by-stroke writing, the native-speaker pronunciation, pinyin, English definition and instructions in one interactive experience.
These 400 plus characters are introduced in the Open University’s Beginners’ Chinese module 第一步 Dì yī bù (L197) and drawn from the most commonly and frequently used word list published by the Ministry of Education of PRC (China). By combining them, you will learn a further 230+ useful words and phrases. For example, you learn the three single-character words for ‘red’ (红 hóng), ‘green’ (绿lǜ) and ‘light’ (灯dēng), which put together make up the word ‘traffic lights’, which you will find in one of the word search puzzles.
There are 20 lessons which chronologically build upon each other.
Each lesson has 4 sections:
- Writing Practice
- Listening Test
- Reading Test
- Word Search
In the iOS version the first lesson with 20 characters and related activities is included free to give you a taste of what this app can do. The other 19 lessons are available via in-app purchase by tapping the ‘upgrade’ button.
The Android version consists of 20 characters and related activities only at the moment. The app is available for free on the Android Market.
Reading, even in the digital age, is probably one of the most important skills that children acquire. It can be an important source of pleasure which also develops vital language and social skills. It is fundamental to most school activities, it can also open up new worlds and give access to the wealth of human knowledge.
This app that has been developed by child psychologists and other specialists at The Open University enables young children to take part in fun games which can help develop interests and skills that will be relevant to them when they start to read.
Pop Art Me
Pop Art Me from The Open University – transform yourself into a work of art!
Take a photo from your photo album or camera and choose whether you want to see it as a Cubist, Impressionist or Pop Art work of art.
Click the descriptions to learn more about each of the movements.
Within each art style you’ll be able to adjust the image to your liking – tools include brush size, contrast, detail and colour sliders.
And once you’ve created your piece you’ll be able to share it via email, the online gallery or upload it to Facebook.
Would you be a good eyewitness?
Now is your chance to find out with this free app from The Open University.
Create a PhotoFit of yourself, your friends or take our celebrity challenge and re-create the face of a famous person. When you are finished you can send to a friend, share the picture on Facebook or view it in the gallery.
By seeing how tricky it is to create an accurate PhotoFit through piecing together features like a jigsaw, you’ll appreciate why The Open University has helped the police to develop a new system to describe suspects. This new approach uses the whole of the face reflecting the way our brains work – making it easier to recall individual faces. Want to learn more? The Open University’s ‘Introducing the Social Sciences (DD101) course’ is a great place to start. It’s an ideal introduction to discovering more about psychology, social policy, criminology and other fascinating areas.
Keep up-to-date with information from around The Open University with the OU News app.
This application makes the latest OU news available from Platform (the OU’s student and alumni community site), the OU press team, the OU Twitter accounts as well as providing access to the latest videos from the OU’s YouTube channel.
Rock samples from a new Open University course in Geology are shown in this demonstration of the Virtual Microscope.
Students on the course learn how to identify the spectrum of common rock-forming minerals and the geological processes that lead to their formation. This application allows you to examine examples of common igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. You can see minerals such as olivine, plagioclase feldspar and garnet both in hand specimens and with a polarising microscope.
We have also included a famous meteorite that was found in Antarctica in 1984. Chemical analysis suggests that it is a fragment of rock from Mars, and NASA scientists startled the world in 1996, when they reported they had found evidence within it of primitive bacterial life.
Geologists study minerals and rock microtextures using microscopes fitted with two polarising filters. Light is passed through very thinly sliced rock allowing individual minerals to be identified by their unique optical properties when viewed in plane polarised light (PPL), or between crossed polars (XPL). A rotating specimen stage is an essential attribute of the petrological microscope, displaying changes in colour and colour intensity as the minerals come into alignment with the polarised light.