It’s been a wild ride since the very first Open2Study courses were offered just a couple of months ago, and a lot has happened in such a short time. We now offer 19 courses (and counting!), with over 30,000 enrolments from students in more than 100 different countries.
This is exciting stuff for us. But even more exciting than these numbers are the thousands of students who inspire us; students who have demonstrated a commitment to lifelong learning, taken charge of their own educational journey and supported one another in their courses. Seriously, you guys rock! We’ve been moved by the incredible stories people have shared about how Open2Study has made a difference in their lives, and we want to keep making Open2Study bigger and better so that as many people as possible can experience these benefits.
Our students have also been super generous with their feedback and ideas, letting us know what they love and what we can do to make things even better. The feedback keeps coming in, and we’ve been busily taking notes of the awesome ideas. We’ve already been able to act on a couple of great suggestions - like keeping enrolments open for longer, removing the weekly assessment deadlines and finding a better way to show assessment answers.
We were excited to hear lots of students asking us to make their study more social. We’re big believers in the idea that connecting with other students is a powerful way to learn, so we’ve come up with a couple of improvements that we think are a great start towards making the Open2Study experience more social. These new features have just gone live, so if you’re an Open2Study student then we’d love for you to check them out and let us know what you think.
The new activity feed in My Study Centre is all about having a one-stop shop to help you keep up with course updates, notifications and friends. It brings everything you need to know into one spot, even if you’re studying more than one course. Course announcements, reminders, discussion posts, friend activity and more – it’s all right there.
Connecting with friends:
A lot of students told us they wanted to share the Open2Study love. You can now invite friends to join you in your studies, and can share updates to Facebook when you hit important milestones in your course.
You might have noticed that the learning and community all-rounder badges have been lurking under wraps for the past couple of months. These badges have now been unveiled and are ready to add to your collection.
…And more! We’ve got plenty more planned for the rest of this year; including new ways to connect and interact with your classmates, new ways to test your knowledge and a refined and improved mobile experience. Plus lots of new courses that will be coming your way throughout 2013!
As always, hearing from you would make our day! Remember, you are an important part of the Open2Study community, so we want you to participate in the course and community forums, our Facebook and Twitter pages, and this blog. And if you’re new to Open2Study and want to find out what we’re all about, the How it works page is a great place to start, or you could check out the courses we offer.
Thanks for being part of it all, and happy learning!