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Prisoner students - learning to escape?

Prisoner students - learning to escape? Creative commons image Credit: Gary Edwards New content
Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Jan 2015
As the government gears up to making universities and prisons responsible for deterring radicalisation can The Open University (OU) look...

Health and Social Care Discussion Hub

Health and Social Care Discussion Hub Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker New content
Updated 23 Jan 2015
Discussion hub for those studying the Health and Social Care Pathway with Pathways to Success.

Social Science and Psychology Discussion Hub

Social Science and Psychology Discussion Hub Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker New content
Updated 23 Jan 2015
Discussion hub for those studying the Social Science and Psychology Pathway with Pathways to Success. 

Science Tasters

Science Tasters Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker New content
Updated 23 Jan 2015
Is studying Science for you? Dip into some of our tasters and find out!

Health and Social Care Tasters

Health and Social Care Tasters Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker New content
Updated 23 Jan 2015
Is health and Social Care for you? Dip into some of our tasters and find out!

Arts & Humanities Tasters

Arts & Humanities Tasters Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker New content
Updated 22 Jan 2015
Is Arts & Humanities for you? Dip into some of our tasters and find out!

Finding Information in Science and Nature

Finding Information in Science and Nature Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker New content
Updated 21 Jan 2015
Links to resources recommended by 'Pathways to Success in Higher Education' by The Open University in Wales. 

Science Green Pathway

Science Green Pathway Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker New content
Updated 21 Jan 2015
Links to resources recommended by 'Pathways to Success in Higher Education' by The Open University in Wales. 

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New Free OpenLearn Courses

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New Free OpenLearn Courses Copyrighted image Credit: © mattjeacock/istock
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 11 Oct 2014
This collection highlights the new free OpenLearn courses that have recently been published.

Learning to Learn

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Learning to Learn Copyright free image Credit: ©iStock.com/payee
Introductory level Duration 80 hours Updated 16 Jun 2014
Learning and change can mean big decisions and asking important questions. This free online course is a friendly starting point introducing a range...

Teaching assistants: Support in action

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Teaching assistants: Support in action Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 23 Apr 2014
Teaching assistants are an important resource in education. This unit looks at how the role has developed across the UK over time. It explores the...

Learning to learn: Reflecting backward, reflecting forward

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Learning to learn: Reflecting backward, reflecting forward Copyrighted image Credit: © Warchi/iStockphoto.com
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 01 Apr 2014
This unit give you an opportunity to review what you have learned, and allow you to think about how you will take forward what you have learned,...

Learning to learn: Planning for personal change

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Learning to learn: Planning for personal change Copyrighted image Credit: © Courtney Keating/iStockphoto.com
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 01 Apr 2014
Explores academic theories and acts as a guide to help you establish where you want to go and what you want to achieve. You are encouraged to...

Learning to learn: Exploring learning

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Learning to learn: Exploring learning Copyrighted image Credit: © Peter Zigich/iStockphoto.com
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 01 Apr 2014
Here we encourage you to consider two additional perspectives that can illuminate your learning. The first is the perspective that other people you...

Learning to learn: You and your learning

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Learning to learn: You and your learning Copyrighted image Credit: Unit 2: © Anton Seleznev/iStockphoto.com
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 31 Mar 2014
In this unit, the focus is on the perspective that you have on your own learning. However, as you gather evidence about this perspective, we hope...

Learning to learn: Learning can mean change

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Learning to learn: Learning can mean change Copyrighted image Credit: © Mattjeacock/iStockphoto.com
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 31 Mar 2014
This unit starts to explore what it takes to learn and change. Through the use of activities and introducing academic skills and evaluating...

Learning to teach

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Learning to teach
Masters level Duration 20 hours Updated 26 Mar 2014
This course, which comprises four study units, is aimed at people who are considering training to be teachers, student teachers, newly qualified...

Learning to teach: An introduction to classroom research

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Learning to teach: An introduction to classroom research
Masters level Duration 5 hours Updated 25 Feb 2014
This is the fourth of four units which comprise the course 'Learning to teach'. Undertaking classroom research is seen as an effective form of CPD....

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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 Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 30 Jan 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 Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 30 Jan 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 Updated content
Duration 3000 hours Updated 30 Jan 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 Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 30 Jan 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 Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 30 Jan 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 Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 30 Jan 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 Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 30 Jan 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 Updated content
Duration 3000 hours Updated 30 Jan 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...

Youth: policy in practice

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Youth: policy in practice Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 30 Jan 2015 Register by 17 Sep 2015
This online course continues the development of the critical, practical and analytical skills you need to work proactively within the youth...

The early years: developing practice (APEL route)

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The early years: developing practice (APEL route) Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 30 Jan 2015 Register by 15 Jan 2015
This APEL route and its assessment will enable you to consider the knowledge and understanding you have gained through your experience of working...