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  • How can we improve teaching about Islam?

    By Professor Kishwar Rizvi

    Fear and distrust can grow where there's a lack of understanding. Could a different approach to teaching about Islam...

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    11 Jan 2017

  • How can we improve teaching about Islam?

    How can we improve teaching about Islam? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free image Copyright free: Public domain New content
    Updated 11 Jan 2017
    Fear and distrust can grow where there's a lack of understanding. Could a different approach to teaching about Islam in schools help?
  • Do music lessons help with children's other classes?

    By Fernand Gobet, Giovanni Sala

    There's been research which suggests picking up an instrument can improve children's educational performance across...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    11 Jan 2017

  • Do music lessons help with children's other classes?

    Do music lessons help with children's other classes? Creative commons image Icon Creative commons image lothlaurien under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Jan 2017
    There's been research which suggests picking up an instrument can improve children's educational performance across the board. But is there really any proof?
  • OpenLearn Live: 25th November 2016

    By The OpenLearn team

    Autumn on Mars; quantum computing; children caring for parents with Parkinsons. Learning and research from across the...

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    25 Nov 2016

  • OpenLearn Live: 25th November 2016

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    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'

    By Dr Aura Lounasmaa

    Aura Lounasmaa has been in Calais teaching people currently living in the refugee camp there. What has the experience...

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    19 Oct 2016

  • 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 Icon 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?

    By Dr Rebecca Ferguson

    While scooping up Ratatas on the way to Sainsbury's is fun, Rebecca Ferguson is more excited by the potential of...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    27 Jul 2016

  • What can we learn from Pokemon Go?

    What can we learn from Pokemon Go? Creative commons image Icon 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 Pokemon Go to...
  • What is the Golem Effect - and how does it harm bilingual students?

    By Dr Ingrid Piller

    Teachers who can only speak one language can, through the Golem Effect, hurt students who are able to communicate in...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    01 Jun 2016

  • 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 Icon 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, explains...
  • The learning design word wheel

    Are you creating a course? The Open University's Learning Design team have created a word wheel to help shape your...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    25 Apr 2016

  • The learning design word wheel

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    The learning design word wheel Creative commons image Icon 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

    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...

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    15 Apr 2016

  • Tell us how you learn online

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

    By Dr Ingrid Piller

    'Why don't migrants learn English if they want to live here?' is one of those sentiments you'll have come across a...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    31 Mar 2016

  • 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 Icon 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 Twitter....
  • RIP, LEA: The local education authority vanishes

    By James Williams

    The 2016 Budget included an announcement that all local authority schools in England would be forced to become...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    17 Mar 2016

  • RIP, LEA: The local education authority vanishes

    RIP, LEA: The local education authority vanishes Creative commons image Icon 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 tradition...

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  • Leadership: external context and culture

    Through studying this free course, Leadership: external context and culture, you will develop your understanding of the impact of external context...

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    6 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    08 Dec 2016

  • Leadership: external context and culture

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    Advanced level Duration 6 hours Updated 08 Dec 2016
    Through studying this free course, Leadership: external context and culture, you...
  • Exploring equality and equity in education

    This free course, Exploring equality and equity in education, considers the complexity of social justice as applied to education and reflects on...

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    10 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    30 Nov 2016

  • Exploring equality and equity in education

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    Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 30 Nov 2016
    This free course, Exploring equality and equity in education, considers the...
  • Networked practitioner: open or closed practice?

    This free course, Networked practitioner: open or closed practice?, starts a debate to support the decision-making process around openness and the...

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    4 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    16 Sep 2016

  • Networked practitioner: open or closed practice?

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    Networked practitioner: open or closed practice? Copyrighted image Icon 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...
  • Understanding dyslexia

    Dyslexia is a condition affecting literacy skills. This free course, Understanding dyslexia, analyses how our image of normality affects the way we...

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    20 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    07 Sep 2016

  • Understanding dyslexia

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    Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 07 Sep 2016
    Dyslexia is a condition affecting literacy skills. This free course, Understanding...
  • Literacy, social justice and inclusive practice

    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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    10 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    22 Aug 2016

  • 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...
  • Play, learning and the brain

    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...

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    15 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    12 Aug 2016

  • Play, learning and the brain

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    Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 12 Aug 2016
    This free course, Play, learning and the brain, examines the area of brain-based...
  • School Governors: Performance management

    School governors are responsible for establishing the performance management policy of the school and for reviewing the performance of the...

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    10 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    12 Aug 2016

  • 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...
  • School Governors: Secondary school monitoring

    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...

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    10 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    12 Aug 2016

  • School Governors: Secondary 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 secondary...
  • School Governors: primary school monitoring

    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...

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    10 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    12 Aug 2016

  • School Governors: primary school monitoring

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    School governors need to be involved in the monitoring and evaluation of primary...
  • Governors' target setting: Primary schools

    Target setting for pupil attainment is seen as being a means of raising standards in schools through placing pupil achievement at the core of...

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    10 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    12 Aug 2016

  • Governors' target setting: Primary schools

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    Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 12 Aug 2016
    Target setting for pupil attainment is seen as being a means of raising standards...

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    Certificate of Higher Education Open

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    Duration 1200 hours Updated 17 Jan 2017
    If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this...

    BA/BSc Open degree

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    Duration 3600 hours Updated 17 Jan 2017
    Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a...

    Diploma of Higher Education Open

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    Diploma of Higher Education Open
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 17 Jan 2017
    Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a...

    The networked practitioner

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    The networked practitioner
    Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 17 Jan 2017 Register by 21 Sep 2017
    This course enables you to experience producing resources related to online and...

    Accessible online learning: supporting disabled students

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    Accessible online learning: supporting disabled students Copyrighted image Icon Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 17 Jan 2017 Register by 17 Aug 2017
    Examine the learning experiences of disabled students, the technical aspects of...

    Openness and innovation in elearning

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    Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 17 Jan 2017 Register by 20 Jan 2017
    With an emphasis on exploring innovation, you will look at both the latest...

    Technology-enhanced learning: practices and debates

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    Technology-enhanced learning: practices and debates
    Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 17 Jan 2017 Register by 20 Jan 2017
    Engage with elearning or 'technology-enhanced' learning by exploring the processes...