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Learning about sex, a shilling a time: Aristotle's Masterpiece

Learning about sex, a shilling a time: Aristotle's Masterpiece Copyright free image Credit: US National Library of Medicine New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 21 Aug 2015
Not written by that Aristotle, the Masterpiece nevertheless found a huge market desperate for sex education in 18th Century Britain and America.

What do tests tell us?

What do tests tell us? Creative commons image Credit: By Alberto G. via Flickr under Creative Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 04 Aug 2015
Are test results truly a reflection of a student's ability and development? Dr Jane Cullen looks into this. 

Download our free 'Chinese Characters First Steps' app

Download our free 'Chinese Characters First Steps' app Copyrighted image Credit: Qian Kan
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Jun 2015
Why is an app an ideal way to learn a new language? Qian Kan, one of the team members behind the OU course Beginner's Chinese and the "Chinese...

Memo to Nicky Morgan: Welcome back, now leave schools alone

Memo to Nicky Morgan: Welcome back, now leave schools alone Creative commons image Credit: Gary Edwards
Duration 5 mins Updated 12 May 2015
Nicky Morgan has returned as Secretary Of State For Education in the new cabinet. It's an opportunity, says Jacqueline Baxter, to try leaving other...

There’s more to primary school place shortages than the cost of free schools

There’s more to primary school place shortages than the cost of free schools Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 Apr 2015
Is the crisis over primary school places solely due to the Conservative's free school programme? Jacqueline Baxter discusses all the factors that...

What are the benefits of interdisciplinary study?

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Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 09 Apr 2015
It seems to be a buzzword in education and one that gets thrown around quite a lot these days. But what does 'interdisciplinary' study really mean?...

Education and the General Election of 1979

Education and the General Election of 1979
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Apr 2015
Dr Frank Monaghan looks back at the immediate run-up to the 1979 general election which led to a massive shake-up in education, the consequences of...

How much government funding do universities get?

How much government funding do universities get? Creative commons image Credit: Stephen McKay under CC-BY-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Apr 2015
John Brennan explains the latest statistics on state funding for universities.

Badges come to OpenLearn

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Updated 09 Feb 2015
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Teaching assistants: support in action (Chinese)

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Teaching assistants: support in action (Chinese) Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 12 Aug 2015
本免费课程是“助教:提供行动支持”课程的中文翻译版本,英文原版也在本网站中提供。 ...

Learning to teach: becoming a reflective practitioner (Chinese)

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Masters level Duration 20 hours Updated 12 Aug 2015
本免费课程是“学会教学:成为反思型教学实践者”课程的中文翻译版本,英文原版也在本网站中提供。 ...

An introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER)

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An introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER)
Masters level Duration 6 hours Updated 29 Jun 2015
In this free course, An introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER), you will look at some institutional OER initiatives. These will include...

Learning to teach

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Learning to teach
Masters level Duration 20 hours Updated 22 Jun 2015
This free course, which comprises four study units, is aimed at people who are considering training to be teachers, student teachers, newly...

Developing good academic practice

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Developing good academic practice
Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 28 May 2015
This free course, Developing good academic practice, is intended to help you develop good academic practices in your studies and when producing...

English grammar in context

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English grammar in context Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 28 Apr 2015
What are the differences between spoken and written English? Is use of grammar more or less complex than it appears? This free course, English...

Teaching assistants: support in action

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 21 Apr 2015
Teaching assistants are an important resource in education. This free course, Teaching assistants: support in action, looks at how the role has...

Continuity and learning

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Continuity and learning
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 10 Feb 2015
This OpenLearn course has a practical and professional development focus. You will explore interactive dimensions of workplace learning: how people...

Exploring children's learning

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Exploring children's learning Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 26 Sep 2014
How does a child’s mind and behaviour change as they develop over time? In this unit four theories of child development are explored. Each theory...

Engaging with educational research

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Masters level Duration 12 hours Updated 20 Jan 2014
This unit introduces you to the theoretical toolkit that is an essential part of engaging in educational enquiry. You will consider the types of...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 03 Sep 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
Duration 3600 hours Updated 03 Sep 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...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 04 Sep 2015
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

Accessible online learning: supporting disabled students

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Accessible online learning: supporting disabled students Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Masters level Duration 300 hours Updated 04 Sep 2015 Register by 04 Sep 2015
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 Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Masters level Duration 600 hours Updated 04 Sep 2015 Register by 22 Jan 2016
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 Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Masters level Duration 600 hours Updated 04 Sep 2015 Register by 22 Jan 2016
Engage with elearning or 'technology-enhanced' learning by exploring the processes of designing, implementing and evaluating, and become a creative...

The networked practitioner

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The networked practitioner Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Masters level Duration 300 hours Updated 04 Sep 2015 Register by 02 Oct 2015
This course enables you to experience producing resources related to online and distance education and then improving them through engagement with...

Practice-based research in educational technology

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Practice-based research in educational technology Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Masters level Duration 300 hours Updated 04 Sep 2015 Register by 22 Jan 2016
Develop research and evaluation skills in technology-rich environments by learning about new methods of data collection and analysis, and the...