Welcome to the course

Welcome to the first course in the Innovation series. In this course we 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, we do also welcome other learners; as you will have seen from the welcome area, we have 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.

We have provided a course map to help you navigate your journey through the course: click on the image to access, or you can download the map from the Downloads section below.

An image showing the course map - find the full version in the 'Downloads' section below

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

A graphic representing innovation - with a cup of coffee, a laptop and note pad

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 we explore the innovation story and you’ll 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.

There’s plenty to keep you busy and interested, and we really hope you enjoy the course and the activities that we’ve planned.

Have your say:

Please use the comments to share your reasons for joining this course. Please also 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.

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. This will show you the steps you have completed and will provide your score for the end of course test.

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Innovation: the World's Greatest

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