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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?...

How much government funding do universities get?

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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
Using our free courses but want to show others what you've learned? We've got great news for you...

The exclusion debate: Discussion hub

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Updated 14 Jan 2015
Everyone has a right to education. But how do you manage to deliver that when pupils have been excluded?

Are you a morning person - or do you shine at night?

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Updated 19 Nov 2014
A new set of engaging games to play on your Apple or Android device will reveal what time of day you're at your best.

Researching, with feelings

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Updated 19 Nov 2014
Caroline Clarke has co-edited a new collection on the link between research and feelings - but why is the relationship important?

iTunes U as a teaching and learning tool: The future

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Oct 2014
The stakeholders from universities that offer iTunes U materials discuss the future of iTunes U in this podcast. 

iTunes U as a teaching and learning tool: Talking to learners

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Oct 2014
In these interviews with several iTunes U users, learners discuss how they find and use the materials they download.

iTunes U as a teaching and learning tool: The learner's view

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Oct 2014
The results from a major survey into how learners use iTunes U are presented and discussed in this podcast. 

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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...

English grammar in context

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English grammar in context Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 09 Dec 2014
The use of grammar is more complex than it appears. This unit looks at the way grammar can be used as a tool for adapting our communications (both...

Exploring childrens' learning

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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...

Teaching assistants: Support in action

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 23 Apr 2014
Teaching assistants are an important resource in education. This unit looks at how the role has developed across the UK over time. It explores the...

Learning to teach

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Learning to teach
Masters level Duration 20 hours Updated 26 Mar 2014
This course, which comprises four study units, is aimed at people who are considering training to be teachers, student teachers, newly qualified...

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...

Understanding dyslexia

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Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 11 Dec 2013
Dyslexia is a condition affecting literacy skills. This unit analyses how our image of normality affects the way we as a society define such...

Working with young people in sport and exercise

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Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 15 Nov 2013
This unit examines the special considerations of coaching or instructing young people in sport and exercise. The physiological differences between...

Evaluating school classroom discussion

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Advanced level Duration 9 hours Updated 04 Jul 2013
It is important to learn from classroom discussions, both for pupils and teachers. This unit will help you, as a teacher, to evaluate such...

Sharing power and transforming educational practice

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 20 May 2013
Explore the notion of a life of learning and interrogate 'common-sense' assumptions about schooling. Consider what is the research process and how...

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Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 18 Apr 2015
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 17 Apr 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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Duration 3600 hours Updated 17 Apr 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...

Accessible online learning: supporting disabled students

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Accessible online learning: supporting disabled students Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Masters level Duration 300 hours Updated 18 Apr 2015 Register by 21 Aug 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 Updated content
Masters level Duration 600 hours Updated 18 Apr 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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Masters level Duration 600 hours Updated 18 Apr 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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Masters level Duration 300 hours Updated 18 Apr 2015 Register by 18 Sep 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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Masters level Duration 300 hours Updated 18 Apr 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...