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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 New content
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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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...

What is the Golem Effect - and how does it harm bilingual students?

What is the Golem Effect - and how does it harm bilingual students? Creative commons image Enrico under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Jun 2016
Teachers who can only speak one language can, through the Golem Effect, hurt students who are able to communicate in more than a single tongue,...

The Hairy Bikers Interviews: Dave Myers on the shared benefits of the 'Old School' project

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The Hairy Bikers Interviews: Dave Myers on the shared benefits of the 'Old School' project Copyrighted image Copyright: Maverick/BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 May 2016
In this short, exclusive clip Hairy Biker, Dave Myers, looks at how the shared benefits of 'Old School' are unlike any other mentoring project.

The Hairy Bikers Interviews: Si King on how older people benefit from young people

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The Hairy Bikers Interviews: Si King on how older people benefit from young people Copyrighted image Copyright: Maverick/BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 May 2016
In this short video Hairy Biker, Si King, touches on how loneliness is combated in an intergenerational project like 'Old School'.

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
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
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...

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The family at the centre of early learning

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The family at the centre of early learning Copyright free image Copyright free: Courtesy: Karen Horsley. Updated content
Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 19 Jul 2016
This free course, The family at the centre of early learning, focuses on the positive learning relationships that can exist in any family and how...

Succeeding in a digital world

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Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 19 Jul 2016
This free digital literacy course, Succeeding in a digital world, will develop your confidence and skills for life online, whether study, work or...

Succeed in the workplace

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Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 19 Jul 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 19 Jul 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 19 Jul 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 Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 19 Jul 2016
What is university study like? Is it for me? If you are asking yourself these questions, this free course is for you. ...

Learning to teach: mentoring and tutoring student teachers

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Learning to teach: mentoring and tutoring student teachers Copyrighted image Copyright: © 2014 The Open University
Advanced level Duration 5 hours Updated 06 Jul 2016
This is the second of four courses which comprise the course Learning to teach. Traditionally student teachers are supported by a mentor in school...

Learning to teach: an introduction to classroom research

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Learning to teach: an introduction to classroom research
Advanced level Duration 5 hours Updated 04 Jul 2016
This is the fourth of four courses which comprise the course Learning to teach. Undertaking classroom research is seen as an effective form of CPD....

Learning to teach: becoming a reflective practitioner

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Learning to teach: becoming a reflective practitioner
Advanced level Duration 5 hours Updated 04 Jul 2016
This is the third of four courses which comprise the course Learning to teach. Critical reflection is crucial to becoming a successful teacher....

Assistive technologies and online learning

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Advanced level Duration 8 hours Updated 29 Jun 2016
In this free course, Assistive technologies and online learning, you will explore some of the technology that disabled students use when accessing...

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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 29 Jul 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 29 Jul 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 29 Jul 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 29 Jul 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 29 Jul 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 29 Jul 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 29 Jul 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 29 Jul 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 29 Jul 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 29 Jul 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...