Resources - February 2015

Welcome to our resources section.

We’ll be discussing a lot of useful resources for you to check out at Student Hub Live so we’ll be posting them here for you to go back to. If you have a useful resource that you think we should post here let us know in the live chat.

Links from the Q&A session:

Scratch -
Cleveret -


Links for the International Development session:

OpenWASH -
HEAT Programme -
TESS-India -
Lassa fever research podcast -
iSpot -
Research at the OU -



For loads of hints and tips to help with your study, visit the following pages:

The following resources will be discussed in the Study Skills Hub Live sessions:

Writing in your own words:

• StudentHome Help Centre
Search or browse for answers to a wide variety of questions to do with being an OU student.

• Skills for OU Study: Writing in your own words
Find out how to paraphrase - an essential part of writing university assignments. Includes an activity that gets you to paraphrase an extract from Jamie Oliver’s book, Jamie’s Italy.

• Library video: avoiding plagiarism
Bob discovers what plagiarism is and how Library Services can help him avoid it!

• OU Harvard guide to citing references
This guide provides practical advice and examples to help you create references for information sources using the Open University (OU) Harvard style.

• Being digital: avoiding plagiarism pathway
Learn to recognise what plagiarism is, the forms it can take and how to avoid it by developing your skills. Includes a quiz to test your knowledge.

• Facebook Live Q&A on referencing

• Developing Good Academic Practices: Writing in your own words
Listen to OU academic David Mayle outlining his expectations of students writing in their own words.

• Developing academic English
These brief tutorials are specifically aimed at students looking for support and guidance to improve their academic English. It focuses particularly on how to enhance your writing skills.

Ebooks - and Understanding ebooks -

Bibliographic management -

Library helpdesk -

SCONUL access -

Setting yourself up for study:

• StudentHome
• StudentHome Help Centre
• Are you ready? Checklist
• Developing Good Academic Practices
• Being Digital
• Library Training sessions


Use Student Home as a central hub to view your course module and find resources such as the careers advisory, library services, study support and more.


OpenLearn gives you free access to learning materials from The Open University. We launched OpenLearn back in October 2006 thanks to a grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. It started with our shared vision of free online education, open to anyone, anywhere in the world. OpenLearn is the result and we have since reached over 23 million people.

Order your free print items -


FutureLearn, launched by The Open University, is a platform for MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). It enables people from the UK and around the world to have access to some of the country’s top universities. You can choose to study from a range of courses for free.


Find out more about the Rosetta mission on our Rosetta research page.

Watch Monica Grady’s reaction when it seemed that the Philae lander had touched down safely on the comet
The discovery last week of the smallest known moon, orbiting an asteroid that passed close to the Earth
Meet Dave Rothery and his research on Mercury
Mythbusting moons
Lunar Mission One

LM1 podcast -
European Space Agency -
FutureLearn: Moons -

David Rothery
Mahesh Anand

Moon-inspired music on Spotify -


There are lots of online groups where fellow OU students get together to chat. Have a look at some of the following links:


The OU Computer Club recommends the following free programs. These have been tried and tested by existing students, but as always, when downloading from the internet please ensure your internet security is up to date before downloading anything.

  1. Cloud storage - Dropbox
  2. Malware scanner - Malware Bytes
  3. Office package - Open Office
  4. Office package - Libra Office
  5. PDF Reader - Foxit
  6. e-books - bookboon
  7. Mind mapping software - Freemind
  8. Reference manager - Mendeley
  9. Task Manager - Wunderlist
  10. Multimedia Player - VideoLAN
  11. Universal library card - Sconul Library card
  12. Study planner - My study life 
  13. OU Computer Club Links:

  • Facebook Group: Open University Computer Club
  • Facebook Page: OUSA Open University Computer Club Page
  • Website:
  • Twitter: ITsupport_OU



Postgraduate information

Business School

MBA structure

Research degrees prospectus -


OU Students Association

So, you’ve just become an OU student, which can be pretty scary. Well, we’ve got great news: you’re now also a member of the OU Students Association, and you are warmly invited to your virtual Freshers Fair at Freshers is here to help you become part of the OU student community – you can join a society, get your student discount card, ask questions in live Q&As and find out more about where you can get help and support.

OUSA Disabled Students' Facebook Group -

OUSA Disabled Students' Group Website -

OUSA East Midlands -

OU East Midlands Social Group -

Open Uni Student Discount -

OUSA Wales -

OUSA’s student community forums -

Shop at OUSA -

OUSA nightline number 020 7631 0101