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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...

What is openwashing - and how can you avoid it?

What is openwashing - and how can you avoid it? Creative commons image ShashiBellamkonda under CC-BY licence under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Oct 2015
Claiming to be open - whether in software, education resources, data, or government - but only for the kudos without making good on the open...

Why there's still faith in the Spanish education system

Why there's still faith in the Spanish education system Creative commons image Randy OHC under CC-BY licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Sep 2015
God judges you solely on the content of your heart, it's said. In Spain, some students are tested on the ability to pray. It's just one reason why...

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

Learning about sex, a shilling a time: Aristotle's Masterpiece Copyright free image Copyright free: US National Library of Medicine
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.

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Changes in Science Education

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Changes in Science Education Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
Providing an overview of current issues in UK science education, Changes in Science Education is a free course that examines what type of science...

English grammar in context

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English grammar in context Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
What are the differences between spoken and written English? Is use of grammar more or less complex than it appears? This free course, English...

Parents as partners

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Parents as partners Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 16 hours Updated 17 Mar 2016
In this free course we look at the notion of parents as partners. We identify a cluster of reasons why partnership is considered important - for...

An introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER)

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An introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER)
Advanced level Duration 6 hours Updated 09 Mar 2016
In this free course, An introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER), you will look at some institutional OER initiatives. These will include...

Developing good academic practice

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Developing good academic practice
Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 07 Mar 2016
This free course, Developing good academic practice, is intended to help you develop good academic practices in your studies and when producing...

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 07 Mar 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...

Teaching using digital video in secondary schools

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Teaching using digital video in secondary schools Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 07 Mar 2016
This free course, Teaching using digital video in secondary schools, explores the role of digital media as a teaching tool, focusing on video in...

School Governors: Performance management

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School Governors: Performance management Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 07 Mar 2016
School governors are responsible for establishing the performance management policy of the school and for reviewing the performance of the...

School Governors: primary school monitoring

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Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 07 Mar 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 07 Mar 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...

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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 01 Jul 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 01 Jul 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 01 Jul 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 01 Jul 2016 Register by 16 Sep 2016
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 01 Jul 2016 Register by 19 Aug 2016
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 01 Jul 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 01 Jul 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...