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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.

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

Memo to Nicky Morgan: Welcome back, now leave schools alone Creative commons image Gary Edwards under Creative-Commons license
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 Catherine Pain under Creative-Commons license
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?

What are the benefits of interdisciplinary study? Copyrighted image Copyright: Wavebreakmediamicro | Dreamstime.com
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?...

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?

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Teaching assistants: support in action

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 11 Jan 2016
Teaching assistants are an important resource in education. This free course, Teaching assistants: support in action, looks at how the role has...

English grammar in context

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Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 07 Jan 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...

Sharing power and transforming educational practice

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Advanced level Duration 8 hours Updated 17 Dec 2015
This free course, Sharing power and transforming educational practice, explores the notion of a life of learning and interrogates 'common-sense'...

Word and image

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 22 Oct 2015
Why does the way a page looks influence how we interpret the information it contains? This free course, Word and image, will examine how typography...

Learning and practice: Agency and identities

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Advanced level Duration 8 hours Updated 22 Oct 2015
This free course, Learning and practice: Agency and identities, introduces you to a sociocultural approach to understanding and analysing learning...

Parents as partners

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Introductory level Duration 16 hours Updated 22 Oct 2015
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...

Teaching assistants: support in action (Chinese)

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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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Developing good academic practice

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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...

Working with young people in sport and exercise

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Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 16 Feb 2015
This free course, Working with young people in sport and exercise, examines the special considerations of coaching or instructing young people in...