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OpenLearn Live: 25th November 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 25th November 2016 Copyrighted image Copyright: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS New content
Updated 25 Nov 2016
Autumn on Mars; quantum computing; children caring for parents with Parkinsons. Learning and research from across the day.

Teaching the people of the Calais camp: Lessons in 'The Jungle'

Teaching the people of the Calais camp: Lessons in 'The Jungle' Creative commons image Global Justice Now under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Oct 2016
Aura Lounasmaa has been in Calais teaching people currently living in the refugee camp there. What has the experience taught her?

Student-Parents: It’s a juggling act

Student-Parents: It’s a juggling act Copyrighted image Copyright: © Katarzyna Bialasiewicz | Dreamstime.com - Juggling work and motherhood
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 05 Oct 2016
What struggles do student-parents face? OU lecturer, Helen Owton, reflects on her experience and gives out some handy advice. 

European Day of Languages

European Day of Languages Copyright free image Copyright free: Council of Europe
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Sep 2016
Happy European Day of Languages! Find out more about why we should celebrate language learning.

The BBC And The OU: Inspiring Learning

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The BBC And The OU: Inspiring Learning Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Sep 2016
Take a look back at some of the programmes, apps and online learning the BBC and The Open University have brought to life in the past...

10 things you might not know about OpenLearn's free courses

10 things you might not know about OpenLearn's free courses Copyrighted image Copyright: © Elena Schweitzer | Dreamstime.com - Ten birthday candles
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 05 Sep 2016
As we turn ten in a month's time, get the lowdown on 10 facts you never knew about our free courses.

What can we learn from Pokemon Go?

What can we learn from Pokemon Go? Creative commons image Rob Brooks under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jul 2016
While scooping up Ratatas on the way to Sainsbury's is fun, Rebecca Ferguson is more excited by the potential of applying the technologies of...

12 famous Confucius quotes on education and learning

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12 famous Confucius quotes on education and learning Copyright free image Copyright free: MorgueFile
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 07 Jul 2016
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. 

Free courses for teachers and student teachers

Free courses for teachers and student teachers Copyrighted image Copyright: Monkey Business Images / Shutterstock
Updated 22 Jun 2016
The links below provide access to a series of free, short Open University courses aimed at supporting initial teacher education, teacher...

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Exploring equality and equity in education

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Exploring equality and equity in education Copyrighted image Copyright: Adapted courtesy © Mary Quandt and Neil Mitchell Updated content
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 30 Nov 2016
This free course, Exploring equality and equity in education, considers the complexity of social justice as applied to education and reflects on...

Talk the talk

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Talk the talk Copyrighted image Copyright: © retrorocket (via iStockphoto.com)
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 18 Oct 2016
This free course introduces the mechanics of effective, persuasive oral presentations, by giving you the opportunity to analyse examples and then...

Childhood in the digital age

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Childhood in the digital age Copyrighted image Copyright: © boggy22 (via iStockPhoto.com)
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 18 Oct 2016
This free course, Childhood in the digital age, delves into the lives of children and discuss the potential benefits and limitations of technology...

Learning to Learn

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Learning to Learn Copyright free image Copyright free: ©iStock.com/payee
Introductory level Duration 80 hours Updated 13 Oct 2016
Learning and change can mean big decisions and asking important questions. This free course, Learning to learn, is a friendly starting point...

Digital literacy: succeeding in a digital world

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Digital literacy: succeeding in a digital world
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 12 Oct 2016
This free course, Digital literacy: succeeding in a digital world, will develop your confidence and skills for life online, whether study, work or...

Get started with online learning

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Get started with online learning Copyrighted image Copyright: © monkeybusinessimages (via iStockphoto.com)
Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 12 Oct 2016
This free course will explain how you can study online without putting the rest of your life on hold.

Succeed in the workplace

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Succeed in the workplace Copyrighted image Copyright: 4maksym/iStockphoto
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 12 Oct 2016
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 12 Oct 2016
Succeed with learning is a free, introductory course for people who want to feel more confident about their learning skills. Informal in approach,...

English: skills for learning

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English: skills for learning Copyrighted image Copyright: © PepitolPhotos/Istockphoto.com
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 12 Oct 2016
English: skills for learning, is a free course for anybody who is thinking of studying for a university degree and would like to develop the...

Taking your first steps into higher education

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Taking your first steps into higher education Copyrighted image Copyright: Image courtesy of chanpipat at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 12 Oct 2016
What is university study like? Is it for me? If you are asking yourself these questions, this free course is for you. ...

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Top-up BA (Honours) Early Years

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Top-up BA (Honours) Early Years Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
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 Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
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 Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
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 Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
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...

Diploma of Higher Education in Primary Teaching and Learning

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Diploma of Higher Education in Primary Teaching and Learning Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
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 Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

Foundation Degree in Primary Teaching and Learning

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Foundation Degree in Primary Teaching and Learning Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
Teaching assistants and classroom support staff represent one of the fastest growing occupational groups in the country. If you’re a teaching...

BA (Honours) Early Years

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BA (Honours) Early Years Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
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 Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016 Register by 21 Sep 2017
This online course continues the development of the critical, practical and analytical skills you need to work proactively within the youth...

Subject knowledge and professional practice in primary schools

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Subject knowledge and professional practice in primary schools Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016 Register by 21 Sep 2017
Develop your knowledge and understanding of how learning is supported in the key areas of language, mathematics and science in this work-based course.