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The Great Fall: Teacher experience

The Great Fall: Teacher experience Creative commons image Credit: VivaoPictures via Flickr
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Nov 2014
The Open University's Associate Dean in the Faculty of Education and Language Studies shares his experiences as a teacher during the Fall of the...

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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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. 

You wouldn’t want an unqualified doctor or lawyer, so why are untrained teachers OK?

You wouldn’t want an unqualified doctor or lawyer, so why are untrained teachers OK? Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain
Updated 09 Oct 2014
Are we heading for a future of teachers who can talk the talk but lack the deeper knowledge and professional resilience that is the hallmark and...

OU on the BBC: The Educators

OU on the BBC: The Educators
Updated 27 Aug 2014
Join us for the series that examines the way we teach and learn, and explores the ideas of people whose influence extends from students to...

The Educators: The episodes

The Educators: The episodes
Updated 11 Aug 2014
Find out more about each episode in the BBC Radio 4 series, The Educators.

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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...

Learning to teach: An introduction to classroom research

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Learning to teach: An introduction to classroom research
Masters level Duration 5 hours Updated 25 Feb 2014
This is the fourth of four units which comprise the course 'Learning to teach'. Undertaking classroom research is seen as an effective form of CPD....

Learning to teach: Making sense of learning to teach

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Learning to teach: Making sense of learning to teach Copyrighted image Credit: Copyright © 2014 The Open University
Masters level Duration 5 hours Updated 25 Feb 2014
This is the first of four units which comprise the course 'Learning to teach'. This unit draws on what we know about how people learn to become...

Learning to teach: Mentoring and tutoring student teachers

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Learning to teach: Mentoring and tutoring student teachers Copyrighted image Credit: © 2014 The Open University
Masters level Duration 5 hours Updated 21 Feb 2014
This is the second of four units which comprise the course 'Learning to teach'. Traditionally student teachers are supported by a mentor in school...

Learning to teach: Becoming a reflective practitioner

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Learning to teach: Becoming a reflective practitioner
Masters level Duration 5 hours Updated 23 Jan 2014
This is the third of four units which comprise the course 'Learning to teach'. Critical reflection is crucial to becoming a successful teacher....

Teachers sharing resources online

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Teachers sharing resources online
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 22 Jan 2014
This unit is designed to help you learn about how learning resources can be shared using online repositories, i.e. websites that allow for the...

Working mathematically

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Working mathematically Creative commons image Credit: Chris73/Wikimedia Commons
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
This unit is aimed at teachers who wish to review how they go about the practice of teaching mathematics, those who are considering becoming...

Collaboration in the classroom

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Masters level Duration 20 mins Updated 12 Mar 2013
What teaching methods can be used to improve a school’s performance? What are the benefits of collaborating within an educational institution?...

Teaching using digital video in secondary schools

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Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 12 Oct 2012
This unit explores the role of digital media as a teaching tool, focussing on video in particular. we will examine the process of how you can start...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 19 Dec 2014
Are you interested in what shapes the lives we lead and the decisions we make? Have you wondered why people continue to smoke when they know the...

Graduate Diploma in Mathematics Education

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Graduate Diploma in Mathematics Education Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 19 Dec 2014
You don't need a specialist mathematics background to be an effective maths teacher. This professional development diploma course equips you with...

CertHE in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Primary Schools

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CertHE in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Primary Schools Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 19 Dec 2014
Do you work in a primary school supporting children’s learning? This is one of the fastest growing occupational groups in the UK. If you’re a...

Foundation Degree in Primary Teaching and Learning

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Foundation Degree in Primary Teaching and Learning Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 19 Dec 2014
Teaching assistants and classroom support staff represent one of the fastest growing occupational groups in the country. If you’re a teaching...

Diploma of Higher Education in Childhood Practice

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Diploma of Higher Education in Childhood Practice Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 19 Dec 2014
The first few years of children’s lives are crucial to their development and opportunities in later life – and the adults who work with them are...

BSc (Honours) Mathematics and its Learning

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BSc (Honours) Mathematics and its Learning Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 19 Dec 2014
Mathematics education has long been a government priority. This unique degree course will give you an understanding of how people learn mathematics...

Diploma of Higher Education in Primary Teaching and Learning

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Diploma of Higher Education in Primary Teaching and Learning Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 19 Dec 2014
Classroom and teaching assistants and classroom support staff represent one of the fastest growing occupational groups in the country. If you’re a...

Foundation Degree in Early Years

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Foundation Degree in Early Years Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 19 Dec 2014
The first few years of children’s lives are crucial to their development and opportunities in later life – and the adults who work with them are...

Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 19 Dec 2014
Does material consumption make us happier? Is parenting a social as well as an individual activity? What impact is the financial crisis having on...

Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology and Psychological Studies

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Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology and Psychological Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 19 Dec 2014
Why does crime occur? What makes people do harm to others? The DipHE in Criminology and Psychological Studies explores a range of fascinating...