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University courses for prisoners could reduce re-offending rates

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Updated 23 Dec 2014
Can higher education enable former prisoners to overcome some of the many barriers they face after release from prison?

Are you a morning person - or do you shine at night?

Are you a morning person - or do you shine at night? Creative commons image Credit: Daniel Pettersson via WikiMedia under CC-BY-SA licence
Updated 19 Nov 2014
A new set of engaging games to play on your Apple or Android device will reveal what time of day you're at your best.

Researching, with feelings

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Updated 19 Nov 2014
Caroline Clarke has co-edited a new collection on the link between research and feelings - but why is the relationship important?

The Great Fall: Teacher experience

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Nov 2014
The Open University's Associate Dean in the Faculty of Education and Language Studies shares his experiences as a teacher during the Fall of the...

iTunes U as a teaching and learning tool: The future

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iTunes U as a teaching and learning tool: The future Creative commons image Credit: Maury McCown under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Oct 2014
The stakeholders from universities that offer iTunes U materials discuss the future of iTunes U in this podcast. 

iTunes U as a teaching and learning tool: Talking to learners

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iTunes U as a teaching and learning tool: Talking to learners Creative commons image Credit: Kārlis Dambrāns under CC-BY-2.0 licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Oct 2014
In these interviews with several iTunes U users, learners discuss how they find and use the materials they download.

iTunes U as a teaching and learning tool: The learner's view

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iTunes U as a teaching and learning tool: The learner's view Creative commons image Credit: Tom Raferty under CC-BY-NC-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Oct 2014
The results from a major survey into how learners use iTunes U are presented and discussed in this podcast. 

iTunes U as a teaching and learning tool: The stakeholders

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iTunes U as a teaching and learning tool: The stakeholders Creative commons image Credit: Fraser Speirs under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 29 Oct 2014
Key stakeholders from universities that offer iTunes U materials discuss their reasons for adding content, their expectations and evaluate their...

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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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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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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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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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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 27 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 27 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 27 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...

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 26 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 26 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 26 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 26 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 26 Jan 2015
Teaching assistants and classroom support staff represent one of the fastest growing occupational groups in the country. If you’re a teaching...

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 27 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 27 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...