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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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iTunes U as a teaching and learning tool: The future Creative commons image Credit: Maury McCown under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
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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iTunes U as a teaching and learning tool: Talking to learners Creative commons image Credit: Kārlis Dambrāns under CC-BY-2.0 licence
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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iTunes U as a teaching and learning tool: The learner's view Creative commons image Credit: Tom Raferty under CC-BY-NC-SA licence
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. 

iTunes U as a teaching and learning tool: The stakeholders

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iTunes U as a teaching and learning tool: The stakeholders Creative commons image Credit: Fraser Speirs under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 29 Oct 2014
Key stakeholders from universities that offer iTunes U materials discuss their reasons for adding content, their expectations and evaluate their...

iTunes U as a teaching and learning tool: Introduction

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iTunes U as a teaching and learning tool: Introduction Creative commons image Credit: Cole Camplese under CC-BY-2.0 licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Oct 2014
How does podcasting provide access to Open learning resources from around the world and what’s different from previous formats?

Using iTunes U as a teaching and learning tool

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Using iTunes U as a teaching and learning tool Copyrighted image Credit: Jakub Jirsák | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 27 Oct 2014
iTunes U is revolutionising the way we teach and learn - these short podcasts outline the the successful nature of podcasting. 

Teaching dyslexic language students

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Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 16 Jun 2014
How can you best support students with dyslexia during their studies? Use this hub of articles to find out

Delivering tutorials for dyslexic students

Delivering tutorials for dyslexic students Copyrighted image Credit: OU
Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 16 Jun 2014
Key principles for effective tutorial delivery for dyslexic and, in particular, SpLD students

Support for dyslexic language students through feedback

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Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 16 Jun 2014
A summary of how you can help dyslexic students through providing feedback 

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Teaching assistants: Support in action

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Teaching assistants: Support in action Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
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...

Exploring childrens' learning

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Exploring childrens' learning Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 11 Feb 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...

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...

English grammar in context

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English grammar in context Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 10 Dec 2013
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...

Working with young people in sport and exercise

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Working with young people in sport and exercise Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
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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Evaluating school classroom discussion Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
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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Sharing power and transforming educational practice Copyrighted image Credit: © IOE Press
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...

What is language?: an applied linguistic perspective

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What is language?: an applied linguistic perspective Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Masters level Duration 6 hours Updated 22 Feb 2013
This unit serves as an introduction to the discipline of applied linguistics. It examines what is meant by ‘language’, what its main...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 22 Nov 2014
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 3000 hours Updated 22 Nov 2014
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 Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 22 Nov 2014
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 Updated content
Masters level Duration 300 hours Updated 22 Nov 2014 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 22 Nov 2014 Register by 23 Jan 2015
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 Updated content
Masters level Duration 600 hours Updated 22 Nov 2014 Register by 23 Jan 2015
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 Updated content
Masters level Duration 300 hours Updated 22 Nov 2014 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...

Contemporary issues in science learning

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Contemporary issues in science learning Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Masters level Duration 600 hours Updated 22 Nov 2014 Register by 13 Jan 2015
Investigate key issues in contemporary science teaching, including the influence of theories of learning; the purposes of science education; and...

Practice-based research in educational technology

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Practice-based research in educational technology Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Masters level Duration 300 hours Updated 22 Nov 2014 Register by 23 Jan 2015
Develop research and evaluation skills in technology-rich environments by learning about new methods of data collection and analysis, and the...