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In with the lions: Teaching in a foreign classroom

In with the lions: Teaching in a foreign classroom Copyrighted image Credit: Keith Livingston | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 23 Jul 2015
This article looks at the challenges experienced by those teaching in a foreign classroom. 

Learn Chinese: Words related to education and learning

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Learn Chinese: Words related to education and learning Copyrighted image Credit: Daniel Lundgren | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 16 Jul 2015
Do you want to learn the pronunciation and characters of Mandarin Chinese words to do with education and learning? Try this activity. 

12 famous Confucius quotes on education and learning

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Jul 2015
What's your favourite Confucius quote on education and learning? Look at these examples and let us know what you think by voting in our poll. 

A brief introduction to the Chinese education system

A brief introduction to the Chinese education system Copyrighted image Credit: Monkey Business Images | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Jul 2015
This article outlines the structure of the Chinese education system and the study hours expected at a Chinese school. 

When it comes to teaching maths, does East Asia have the answer?

When it comes to teaching maths, does East Asia have the answer? Copyrighted image Credit: Monkeybusinessimages | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Jul 2015
A method of teaching maths popular in East Asia has positive results when introduced in the UK, reports John Jerrim.

Memo to Nicky Morgan: Welcome back, now leave schools alone

Memo to Nicky Morgan: Welcome back, now leave schools alone Creative commons image Credit: Gary Edwards
Duration 5 mins Updated 12 May 2015
Nicky Morgan has returned as Secretary Of State For Education in the new cabinet. It's an opportunity, says Jacqueline Baxter, to try leaving other...

The spectre of 'British values' and education policy

The spectre of 'British values' and education policy Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 23 Apr 2015
The next government needs to think carefully about what is to be done with the spectre of British values or wake up with a severe post...

There’s more to primary school place shortages than the cost of free schools

There’s more to primary school place shortages than the cost of free schools Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 Apr 2015
Is the crisis over primary school places solely due to the Conservative's free school programme? Jacqueline Baxter discusses all the factors that...

What are the benefits of interdisciplinary study?

What are the benefits of interdisciplinary study? Copyrighted image Credit: Wavebreakmediamicro | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 09 Apr 2015
It seems to be a buzzword in education and one that gets thrown around quite a lot these days. But what does 'interdisciplinary' study really mean?...

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Facilitating group discussions

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Facilitating group discussions Copyrighted image Credit: Rawpixel/iStockphoto.com Updated content
Introductory level Duration 2 hours Updated 23 Jul 2015
Gain an insight into facilitating meetings and discussions in the workplace. In this free course you will look at some of the behaviours effective...

An introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER)

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An introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER)
Masters level Duration 6 hours Updated 29 Jun 2015
In this free course, An introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER), you will look at some institutional OER initiatives. These will include...

Succeed in the workplace

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Succeed in the workplace Copyrighted image Credit: 4maksym/iStockphoto
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 23 Jun 2015
Do you want to change jobs, are you just starting in the job market or may be returning after a break? If so, then this free course, Succeed in the...

Succeed with learning

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Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 23 Jun 2015
Succeed with learning is an informal, introductory course for people who want to feel more confident about their learning skills. This course...

English: skills for learning

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English: skills for learning Copyrighted image Credit: © PepitolPhotos/Istockphoto.com
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 23 Jun 2015
This course is for anybody who is thinking of studying for a university degree and would like to develop the English reading and writing skills...

Taking your first steps into higher education

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Taking your first steps into higher education Copyrighted image Credit: Image courtesy of chanpipat at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 23 Jun 2015
What is university study like? Is it for me? If you are asking yourself these questions, this badged course is for you. ...

Learning to teach

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Learning to teach
Masters level Duration 20 hours Updated 22 Jun 2015
This free course, which comprises four study units, is aimed at people who are considering training to be teachers, student teachers, newly...

Developing good academic practice

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Developing good academic practice
Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 28 May 2015
This free course, Developing good academic practice, is intended to help you develop good academic practices in your studies and when producing...

Partnerships and networks in work with young people

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Partnerships and networks in work with young people
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 14 May 2015
The term ‘partnership’ is used to describe a wide range of organisational arrangements and ways of working: from informal networking between...

Essay and report writing skills

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Essay and report writing skills Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 28 Apr 2015
Writing reports and assignments can be a daunting prospect. Learn how to interpret questions and how to plan, structure and write your assignment...

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Top-up BA Early Years

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Top-up BA Early Years Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 26 Jul 2015
This pathway enables experienced practitioners with a Foundation Degree in Early Years (normally sector endorsed) to enhance their professional...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 26 Jul 2015
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 26 Jul 2015
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

CertHE in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Primary Schools

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CertHE in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Primary Schools Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 26 Jul 2015
Do you work in a primary school supporting children’s learning? This is one of the fastest growing occupational groups in the UK. If you’re a...

Foundation Degree in Primary Teaching and Learning

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Foundation Degree in Primary Teaching and Learning Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 26 Jul 2015
Teaching assistants and classroom support staff represent one of the fastest growing occupational groups in the country. If you’re a teaching...

Diploma of Higher Education in Primary Teaching and Learning

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Diploma of Higher Education in Primary Teaching and Learning Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 26 Jul 2015
Classroom and teaching assistants and classroom support staff represent one of the fastest growing occupational groups in the country. If you’re a...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 26 Jul 2015
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

BA (Honours) Early Years

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BA (Honours) Early Years Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 29 Jul 2015
Do you work with young children? Do you want to boost your career and develop your practice? This degree course provides a solid, practical...

The early years: developing practice

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The early years: developing practice Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 30 Jul 2015 Register by 17 Sep 2015
If you work with young children, this course will help develop your knowledge and understanding of how they develop and learn.

Supporting learning in primary schools

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Supporting learning in primary schools Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 30 Jul 2015 Register by 17 Sep 2015
Develop your skills as a teaching assistant, widening your knowledge of primary education, and extending your ability to work productively with...