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OpenLearn Live: 25th November 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 25th November 2016 Copyrighted image Copyright: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS New content
Updated 25 Nov 2016
Autumn on Mars; quantum computing; children caring for parents with Parkinsons. Learning and research from across the day.

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...

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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Exploring equality and equity in education

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Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 30 Nov 2016
This free course, Exploring equality and equity in education, considers the complexity of social justice as applied to education and reflects on...

Understanding dyslexia

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Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 07 Sep 2016
Dyslexia is a condition affecting literacy skills. This free course, Understanding dyslexia, analyses how our image of normality affects the way we...

Literacy, social justice and inclusive practice

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Literacy, social justice and inclusive practice
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
This free course, Literacy, social justice and inclusive practice, explores some of the tensions and debates linked to the aim of achieving...

Play, learning and the brain

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 12 Aug 2016
This free course, Play, learning and the brain, examines the area of brain-based learning, with a particular focus on the development of the young...

School Governors: Performance management

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Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 12 Aug 2016
School governors are responsible for establishing the performance management policy of the school and for reviewing the performance of the...

School Governors: Secondary school monitoring

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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...

School Governors: primary school monitoring

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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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Target setting for pupil attainment is seen as being a means of raising standards in schools through placing pupil achievement at the core of...

School Governors: Organisation and practice

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How does the board of governors of a school work? This free course, School Governors: Organisation and practice, looks at the roles of Chair of...

School Governors: Being strategic

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Why are schools in the UK run by school governors? This free course, School Governors: Being strategic, will examine how the role has developed and...