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The learning design word wheel

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The learning design word wheel Creative commons image Alan Bell under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Apr 2016
Are you creating a course? The Open University's Learning Design team have created a word wheel to help shape your planning...

Old School With The Hairy Bikers

Old School With The Hairy Bikers Copyrighted image Copyright: Maverick/BBC New content
Updated 18 Apr 2016
Teenagers and pensioners are the most marginalised age groups in society, can the Hairy Bikers transform their lives with a radical project?

Tell us how you learn online

Tell us how you learn online Copyrighted image Copyright: Pavel Losevsky | Dreamstime.com
Duration 5 mins Updated 15 Apr 2016
The OU is a partner in a project that's keen to discover how people learn online in 2016 - to shape how we all learn in the future. If you've got a...

What makes it hard for migrants to learn the language of their new home?

What makes it hard for migrants to learn the language of their new home? Creative commons image CGP Grey under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 Mar 2016
'Why don't migrants learn English if they want to live here?' is one of those sentiments you'll have come across a lot if you've spent much time on...

Social mobility isn’t just about 18-year-olds: adults need life chances too

Social mobility isn’t just about 18-year-olds: adults need life chances too Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork by Catherine Pain © The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 24 Mar 2016
With part-time and disabled students being the most vulnerable in the sector, the government needs to safeguard rather than cut the...

RIP, LEA: The local education authority vanishes

RIP, LEA: The local education authority vanishes Creative commons image SteHLiverpool under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Mar 2016
The 2016 Budget included an announcement that all local authority schools in England would be forced to become academies. It's the end of a local...

Intergenerational perceptions: Busting age-related stereotypes

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Intergenerational perceptions: Busting age-related stereotypes Copyrighted image Copyright: © Ian Allenden | Dreamstime.com - Teenage Gang Armed With Knife
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 16 Mar 2016
It's fair to say, the majority of people hold certain judgments about older and younger generations. Bust some misconceptions here...

Succeeding in a digital world: Register your interest

Succeeding in a digital world: Register your interest
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Mar 2016
Get a preview of our new course, Succeeding in a Digital World, and sign up to be notified when it launches.

The Open University at 45: What can we learn from Britain's distance education pioneer?

The Open University at 45: What can we learn from Britain's distance education pioneer? Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork: Catherine Pain Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 09 Feb 2016
This month sees the 50th anniversary of the government ‘White Paper’ which launched the OU in 1966.  This author draws attention to...

Skills for study

Skills for study
Introductory level Updated 29 Jan 2016
Thinking about studying for the first time or after a long time away? Refresh your skills and prepare for success with these free courses.

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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 14 Apr 2016
What is university study like? Is it for me? If you are asking yourself these questions, this free course is for you. ...

Succeeding in a digital world

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Succeeding in a digital world
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 12 Apr 2016
This free course, Succeeding in a digital world, will develop your confidence and skills for life online, whether study, work or everyday life. It...

Succeed in the workplace

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Succeed in the workplace Copyrighted image Copyright: 4maksym/iStockphoto
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 12 Apr 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 Apr 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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Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 12 Apr 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...

New Free OpenLearn Courses

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New Free OpenLearn Courses Copyrighted image Copyright: © mattjeacock/istock
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 12 Apr 2016
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 Copyright free: ©iStock.com/payee
Introductory level Duration 80 hours Updated 12 Apr 2016
Learning and change can mean big decisions and asking important questions. This free course, Learning to learn, is a friendly starting point...

Creating open educational resources

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Creating open educational resources Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 01 Apr 2016
Are you interested in creating your own open educational resources? This free course, Creating open educational resources, will help you to write a...

Revision and examinations

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Revision and examinations Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 01 Apr 2016
Do you get stressed at the thought of an examination? Does the idea of revision fill you with dread? This free course, Revision and examinations,...

Using visualisation in maths teaching

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Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 31 Mar 2016
This free course, Using visualisation in maths teaching, looks at visualisation as it relates to mathematics, focusing on how it can be used to...

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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 01 May 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 01 May 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 01 May 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 01 May 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 01 May 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 01 May 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 01 May 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 01 May 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...

Learning through enquiry in primary schools

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Learning through enquiry in primary schools Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 01 May 2016 Register by 15 Sep 2016
Update your knowledge and understanding of how primary-age children learn and develop your skills in observing, evaluating and supporting children...

Difficulties in literacy development

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Difficulties in literacy development Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 01 May 2016 Register by 15 Sep 2016
Explore appropriate curriculum responses to the needs of children as well as the wider issues relevant to adults who experience difficulty in...