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This free course, Learning to change, is for people who are thinking about making changes in their lives, such as returning to study or taking a different direction at work. It will help you build on what you already know; consider the choices open to you; use your skills and qualities to achieve change; and make plans for the future.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- understand the importance of the word ‘skills’
- think personally about learning
- understand that valuable and important learning goes on all the time
- appreciate that learning can involve thinking, doing and feeling
- understand more clearly what has been learned and what qualities, knowledge and skills are already there.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Introduction
- 2 You and your learning
- 2.1 Introduction
- 2.2 Everyday learning – what’s going on?
- 2.3 Why it’s important to be a learner
- 2.4 Gathering evidence – your qualities, knowledge and skills
- 2.5 Mind mapping
- 2.6 Academic skills
- 2.7 Conclusion
- 3 Exploring learning
- 3.1 Introduction
- 3.2 Getting feedback from other people
- 3.3 Your learning – what does ‘theory’ offer?
- 3.3.1 Why it might be useful
- 3.3.2 What problems might you have with this?
- 3.3.3 How might it be possible to integrate theory and personal understanding?
- 3.3.4 The importance of other people in our immediate social and learning environments
- 3.3.5 Communities of practice
- 3.3.6 A ‘health warning’ about groups
- 3.3.7 Entwistle’s theory – students’ approaches to learning
- 3.4 Preparing to move on – connecting theory with skills
- 3.5 Conclusion
- 4 Where next?
- 4.1 Introduction
- 4.2 The wider social context – policy in the UK
- 4.3 What we mean by an action plan
- 4.4 Setting yourself goals
- 4.5 What might help and hinder you
- 4.6 Developing your action plan and thinking about evidence
- 4.7 Conclusion
- 5 Reflecting backwards, reflecting forwards
- 5.1 Introduction
- 5.2 What have I learned about my knowledge?
- 5.3 What have I learned about my skills?
- 5.4 What have I learned about my qualities?
- 5.5 Reflecting on what I have done differently — what was the effect?
- 5.6 Reflecting forward – what am I going to do next?
- 5.7 Conclusion
- Keep on learning
Study this free course
Enrol to access the full course, get recognition for the skills you learn, track your progress and on completion gain a statement of participation to demonstrate your learning to others. Make your learning visible!
Learning to change
Being unsure of what you want to do in life (or what you want to study) is not unusual. How to deal with the changes that we want in our lives can be more challenging. You may be unsure about what subject you are interested in or whether you can cope with study at university level. You may be unsure about what path in life to pursue.
This course takes your life as its starting point. It helps you to think about what you can do already. It then uses this to build up your confidence in your abilities. It uses a mixture of personal reflection, case studies (including three real-life case studies) and ideas about how we learn. This combination equips you to move your life forward.
This OpenLearn course provides a sample of level 1 study in
This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Education courses or view the range of currently available OU Education courses.
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Originally published: Monday, 8th April 2013
Last updated on: Monday, 8th April 2013
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