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European Day of Languages

European Day of Languages Copyright free image Copyright free: Council of Europe Updated content
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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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

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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?

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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

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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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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'.

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Digital literacy: succeeding in a digital world

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Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 28 Sep 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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Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 22 Sep 2016
This free course will explain how you can study online without putting the rest of your life on hold.

English: skills for learning

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Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 22 Sep 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...

Networked practitioner: open or closed practice?

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Networked practitioner: open or closed practice? Copyrighted image Copyright: © Alex Slobodkin/iStockphoto.com Updated content
Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 16 Sep 2016
This free course, Networked practitioner: open or closed practice?, starts a debate to support the decision-making process around openness and the...

The digital scholar

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Intermediate level Duration 24 hours Updated 16 Sep 2016
Digital scholarship is a shorthand for the intersection of three technology related developments: digital content, networked distribution and open...

Succeed with learning

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Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 14 Sep 2016
Succeed with learning is a free, introductory course for people who want to feel more confident about their learning skills. Informal in approach,...

Succeed in the workplace

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Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 09 Sep 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...

Learning to teach: becoming a reflective practitioner

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Learning to teach: becoming a reflective practitioner
Advanced level Duration 5 hours Updated 23 Aug 2016
This is the third of four courses which comprise the course Learning to teach. Critical reflection is crucial to becoming a successful teacher....

Finding information in education

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Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 15 Aug 2016
This free course, Finding information in education, will help you to identify and use information in education, whether for your work, study or...

Literacy, social justice and inclusive practice

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Literacy, social justice and inclusive practice
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 03 Aug 2016
This free course, Literacy, social justice and inclusive practice, explores some of the tensions and debates linked to the aim of achieving...

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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 Sep 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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Duration 1200 hours Updated 29 Sep 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 Sep 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 Sep 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 Sep 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 Sep 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 Sep 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 Sep 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 Sep 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 Sep 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...