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OpenLearn Live: 25th November 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 25th November 2016 Copyrighted image Copyright: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS New content
Updated 25 Nov 2016
Autumn on Mars; quantum computing; children caring for parents with Parkinsons. Learning and research from across the day.

Teaching the people of the Calais camp: Lessons in 'The Jungle'

Teaching the people of the Calais camp: Lessons in 'The Jungle' Creative commons image Global Justice Now under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Oct 2016
Aura Lounasmaa has been in Calais teaching people currently living in the refugee camp there. What has the experience taught her?

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
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...

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 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...

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...

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...

What's the problem with the government's plans for our schools?

What's the problem with the government's plans for our schools? Creative commons image Number10.gov.uk under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Jan 2016
A new report suggests that schools planning has become hard to make sense of. The OU's Jacqueline Baxter shares a personal view of the state...

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Exploring equality and equity in education

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Exploring equality and equity in education Copyrighted image Copyright: Adapted courtesy © Mary Quandt and Neil Mitchell Updated content
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 30 Nov 2016
This free course, Exploring equality and equity in education, considers the complexity of social justice as applied to education and reflects on...

Networked practitioner: open or closed practice?

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Networked practitioner: open or closed practice? Copyrighted image Copyright: © Alex Slobodkin/iStockphoto.com
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...

Understanding dyslexia

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Understanding dyslexia Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 07 Sep 2016
Dyslexia is a condition affecting literacy skills. This free course, Understanding dyslexia, analyses how our image of normality affects the way we...

Literacy, social justice and inclusive practice

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Literacy, social justice and inclusive practice
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
This free course, Literacy, social justice and inclusive practice, explores some of the tensions and debates linked to the aim of achieving...

Play, learning and the brain

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Play, learning and the brain Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 12 Aug 2016
This free course, Play, learning and the brain, examines the area of brain-based learning, with a particular focus on the development of the young...

School Governors: Performance management

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Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 12 Aug 2016
School governors are responsible for establishing the performance management policy of the school and for reviewing the performance of the...

School Governors: Secondary school monitoring

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School Governors: Secondary school monitoring Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 12 Aug 2016
School governors need to be involved in the monitoring and evaluation of secondary schools. But what areas should you be monitoring and how can you...

School Governors: primary school monitoring

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Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 12 Aug 2016
School governors need to be involved in the monitoring and evaluation of primary schools. But what areas should you be monitoring and how can you...

Governors' target setting: Primary schools

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Governors' target setting: Primary schools Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 12 Aug 2016
Target setting for pupil attainment is seen as being a means of raising standards in schools through placing pupil achievement at the core of...

School Governors: Organisation and practice

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School Governors: Organisation and practice Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 11 Aug 2016
How does the board of governors of a school work? This free course, School Governors: Organisation and practice, looks at the roles of Chair of...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 05 Dec 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 05 Dec 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...

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 05 Dec 2016
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

The networked practitioner

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The networked practitioner Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 05 Dec 2016 Register by 21 Sep 2017
This course enables you to experience producing resources related to online and distance education and then improving them through engagement with...

Accessible online learning: supporting disabled students

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Accessible online learning: supporting disabled students Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 05 Dec 2016 Register by 17 Aug 2017
Examine the learning experiences of disabled students, the technical aspects of accessibility, and the current debates and discussions about...

Openness and innovation in elearning

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Openness and innovation in elearning Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 05 Dec 2016 Register by 20 Jan 2017
With an emphasis on exploring innovation, you will look at both the latest developments in educational tools and current debates around the concept...

Technology-enhanced learning: practices and debates

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Technology-enhanced learning: practices and debates Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 05 Dec 2016 Register by 20 Jan 2017
Engage with elearning or 'technology-enhanced' learning by exploring the processes of designing, implementing and evaluating, and become a creative...