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Curriculum Design Student Panel

Would you like to help shape the OU curriculum? The panel provides a means for staff engaged in module design and production to work directly with students in the early development of activities, materials and tools. There are also regular opportunities to take part in larger-scale activities such as surveys and focus groups.

You will work together with staff to co-create and co-design engaging learning and teaching experiences. It is an opportunity to develop your skills in communication, collaboration, problem-solving and digital literacy.

You can volunteer to take part in activities such as workshops, surveys, and various kinds of usability and experience testing. The interaction is very much intended to mimic face-to-face student-teacher informal discussions. Activities are run face-toface, through OU Live, and via the panel’s We Learn workspace.

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Thank you for such an interesting and engaging session today. It was very well organised and I think demonstrated how seriously OU students take their studies.

Student Panel Member

Why We Do It

Partnerships with students in curriculum development give the OU the chance to co-create and co-design engaging learning and teaching experiences with them. For students it provides the opportunity to have a direct impact on early development work and to experience professional engagement with a large institution, which may be used as evidence of collaborative professional experience in portfolios, job applicationn or continuing professional development.


Could students be asked to do a variety of assignments/tasks rather than an even number of TMAs that are all about 2000 words? Variety may boost motivation, and it is vocational.

Student Panel Member

Last year the panel consisted of 461 students from across a range of faculties who volunteered to take part in up to four activities a year. Members of the panel completed an in depth survey on their Study Behaviours and Hacks for the OpenCreate project, taken part in focus groups on both Accessibility Policy and Learning Design, tested the workload on parts of DD310 Counselling and forensic psychology, contributed to the definition of themes for E309 Comparative studies in primary education, and completed usability testing of the U116 Carbon Calculator prototype, as well as the Open Degree calculator prototype.