Welcome to the course

Welcome to the first course in the Innovation series. In this course you will consider the world’s greatest innovations.

This course is just one of a series designed by the University of Leeds for school-based learners and their teachers. As this is an open course, other learners are also welcome; as you will have seen from the welcome area, there is a diverse cohort signed up. However, it is important to recognise that this course, and the content and activities within it, has been specifically designed to help those studying at school or college make the transition to studying at university or the work place.

You can use the course map to help you navigate your journey through the course: select the image to access, or you can download the map from the Downloads section.

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In this first week, you’ll consider and discuss with your fellow learners some of the great innovations that have changed our daily lives. You will also focus on the term innovation, considering what it means to different people, how it can be categorised, and the different types and levels of innovation.

In Week 2 you will explore the innovation story and have the opportunity to research and document the development of an innovation of your choice. This is your chance to be creative and use your choice of media to present your findings, through video, text, images or audio. You can then share this with other learners, providing feedback on their ideas and discussing aspects of interest.

It is anticipated that it will take around two hours to complete the tasks during the week. This includes: * watching the videos * joining discussions * reading articles * completing any exercises.

If you have more time, we have also provided some links to additional reading and resources.

Have your say:

Please use the Comments to share your reasons for joining this course. Let us know where you are from; this course is open to learners world-wide.

Take some time to read the posts from other learners. If you come across someone with similar interests to you, you may choose to Follow them; you can then filter the discussions to only view the comments from those you are following. This can help to make discussions easier to manage.

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Next steps

When you are ready to move on, click Mark as complete. You can monitor your progress through the course by selecting Progress at the top of the page.

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Innovation: the World's Greatest

University of Leeds