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Learning about sex, a shilling a time: Aristotle's Masterpiece

Learning about sex, a shilling a time: Aristotle's Masterpiece Copyright free image Credit: US National Library of Medicine New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 21 Aug 2015
Not written by that Aristotle, the Masterpiece nevertheless found a huge market desperate for sex education in 18th Century Britain and America.

What do tests tell us?

What do tests tell us? Creative commons image Credit: By Alberto G. via Flickr under Creative Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 04 Aug 2015
Are test results truly a reflection of a student's ability and development? Dr Jane Cullen looks into this. 

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
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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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

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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.

Download our free 'Chinese Characters First Steps' app

Download our free 'Chinese Characters First Steps' app Copyrighted image Credit: Qian Kan
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Jun 2015
Why is an app an ideal way to learn a new language? Qian Kan, one of the team members behind the OU course Beginner's Chinese and the "Chinese...

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...

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Teaching assistants: support in action (Chinese)

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Teaching assistants: support in action (Chinese) Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 12 Aug 2015
本免费课程是“助教:提供行动支持”课程的中文翻译版本,英文原版也在本网站中提供。 ...

Supporting professional development in Initial Teacher Training (Chinese)

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Supporting professional development in Initial Teacher Training (Chinese) Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 12 Aug 2015
本免费课程是“职前教师的培训与专业发展”课程的中文翻译版本,英文原版也在本网站中提供。 ...

Learning to teach: becoming a reflective practitioner (Chinese)

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Masters level Duration 20 hours Updated 12 Aug 2015
本免费课程是“学会教学:成为反思型教学实践者”课程的中文翻译版本,英文原版也在本网站中提供。 ...

Careers education and guidance (Chinese)

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Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 12 Aug 2015
本免费课程是“职业生涯教育与指导”课程的中文翻译版本,英文原版也在本网站中提供。 ...

Understanding early years environments and children’s spaces (Chinese)

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Understanding early years environments and children’s spaces (Chinese) Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 12 Aug 2015
本免费课程是“理解早期教育环境以及儿童空间”课程的中文翻译版本,英文原版也在本网站中提供。 ...

Facilitating group discussions

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Facilitating group discussions Copyrighted image Credit: Rawpixel/iStockphoto.com
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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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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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...

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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 30 Aug 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 30 Aug 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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Duration 3600 hours Updated 30 Aug 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 30 Aug 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 30 Aug 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 30 Aug 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 30 Aug 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 30 Aug 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
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 30 Aug 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
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015 Register by 07 Jan 2016
This APEL route and its assessment will enable you to consider the knowledge and understanding you have gained through your experience of working...