Open University mobile app development
Applications available for downloading will be linked from this page.
Some of the apps will be available via the Apple iTunes Application Store or the Android Market and others will be available for direct download for use by Open University staff either as a finished applications or as prototypes to aid our testing.
OU Anywhere is an app for students of The Open University available on both iOS6 and Android version 4 and above. If you are a Level 1 or 2 student and starting a module in 2013 you can now access your printed books as ebooks and your CDs and DVDs as downloadable files for use offline. Level 3 content will be delivered later in 2013 and Post Graduate content in 2014.
Chinese Characters First Steps
Learning to read and write Chinese characters presents two challenges to both non-native learners as well as Chinese children who first start learning characters:
- The complexity of characters, as an average character consists of about 12 strokes
- Matching characters with their pronunciation, pinyin and the meaning
This new version of Chinese Characters First Steps tackles these two challenges on one screen to help you learn, recognize and remember the most frequently used 400 plus characters in a systematic, friendly and fun way. Rather than having a textbook, audio device, dictionary and a notebook to write, you get the stroke-by-stroke writing, the native-speaker pronunciation, pinyin, English definition and instructions in one interactive experience.
These 400 plus characters are introduced in the Open University's Beginners' Chinese module 第一步 Dì yī bù (L197) and drawn from the most commonly and frequently used word list published by the Ministry of Education of PRC (China). By combining them, you will learn a further 230+ useful words and phrases. For example, you learn the three single-character words for 'red' (红 hóng), 'green' (绿lǜ) and 'light' (灯dēng), which put together make up the word 'traffic lights', which you will find in one of the word search puzzles.
There are 20 lessons which chronologically build upon each other.
Each lesson has 4 sections:
In the iOS version the first lesson with 20 characters and related activities is included free to give you a taste of what this app can do. The other 19 lessons are available via in-app purchase by tapping the 'upgrade' button.
The Android version consists of 20 characters and related activities only at the moment. The app is available for free on the Android Market.
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