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  • Why school is bad for us - an inaugural lecture by Professor Jonathan Rix Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Alberto Tentoni | Dreamstime.com
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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    10 Oct 2017

  • Why school is bad for us - an inaugural lecture by Professor Jonathan Rix

    Why school is bad for us - an inaugural lecture by Professor Jonathan Rix Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Alberto Tentoni | Dreamstime.com
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 10 Oct 2017
    Jonathan Rix, Professor of Participation and Learning Support at The Open University, will deliver his inaugural lecture on 'Why school is bad for us –...
  • Looking globally: the future of education

    Coming soon, a brand new free course about teaching for the future. Watch the trailer here:

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    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    25 Sep 2017

  • Looking globally: the future of education

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    Advanced level Updated 25 Sep 2017
    Coming soon, a brand new free course about teaching for the future. Watch the trailer here:
  • Are we taking the fun out of reading? Creative commons image Icon Peter Mercator under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Are we taking the fun out of reading?

    By Dr Ingrid Piller

    Enforcing reading on small children - and treating books as unclean - risks putting kids off literacy before they've...

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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    25 Aug 2017

  • Are we taking the fun out of reading?

    Are we taking the fun out of reading? Creative commons image Icon Peter Mercator under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Aug 2017
    Enforcing reading on small children - and treating books as unclean - risks putting kids off literacy before they've even started, worries Ingrid Piller.
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    "That's so gay!" Homophobic language and school

    By Shaun Delenty, Fernando Rosell-Aguilar

    How is the word 'gay' used in your school? What negative impact it can have on the pupils' views about homosexuality?...

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    15 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    25 Aug 2017

  • "That's so gay!" Homophobic language and school

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    Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Prazis | Dreamstime.com
    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 25 Aug 2017
    How is the word 'gay' used in your school? What negative impact it can have on the pupils' views about homosexuality? Find out with the founder of Inclusion...
  • Do challenges make learning more fulfilling - or off-putting? Creative commons image Icon DeeAshley under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    02 Aug 2017

  • Do challenges make learning more fulfilling - or off-putting?

    Do challenges make learning more fulfilling - or off-putting? Creative commons image Icon DeeAshley under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Aug 2017
    Motivation is sometimes reported to be the key factor in educational achievement - but what is motivation? If we understand motivation a little better, we...
  • Why has English taken over academia? Creative commons image Icon ChristianMcCarthy under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Why has English taken over academia?

    By Elizabeth J Erling, Dr Anna Kristina Hultgren

    If English is globally squeezing out teaching in local languages, the fault isn't with the language but with...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    13 Apr 2017

  • Why has English taken over academia?

    Why has English taken over academia? Creative commons image Icon ChristianMcCarthy under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Apr 2017
    If English is globally squeezing out teaching in local languages, the fault isn't with the language but with economics. Anna Kristina Hultgren and...
  • Free School Meals: An OpenLearn reading list Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Geoff Charles / Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru

    Free School Meals: An OpenLearn reading list

    By The OpenLearn team

    The provision of a hot meal at lunchtime to pupils is often at the heart of political debate. We dip into some of the...

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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    07 Apr 2017

  • Free School Meals: An OpenLearn reading list

    Free School Meals: An OpenLearn reading list Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Geoff Charles / Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Apr 2017
    The provision of a hot meal at lunchtime to pupils is often at the heart of political debate. We dip into some of the research around the subject.
  • Moving education in Sri Lanka from equal access to full gender equality Creative commons image Icon uditha wickramanayaka under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    05 Apr 2017

  • Moving education in Sri Lanka from equal access to full gender equality

    Moving education in Sri Lanka from equal access to full gender equality Creative commons image Icon uditha wickramanayaka under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Apr 2017
    Sri Lanka has been lauded for equal access to education for girls and boys, but textbooks and traditions continue to play a role in perpetuating inequitable...
  • Interdisciplinary Learning – getting the most out of multi-subject degrees Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Alphaspirit | Dreamstime.com
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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    12 Sep 2016

  • Interdisciplinary Learning – getting the most out of multi-subject degrees

    Interdisciplinary Learning – getting the most out of multi-subject degrees Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Alphaspirit | Dreamstime.com
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 12 Sep 2016
    The advantages of studying more than one subject and the future forward for learning.
  • What is the Golem Effect - and how does it harm bilingual students? Creative commons image Icon Enrico under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    01 Jun 2016

  • 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 Icon 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, explains...

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  • Dance skills

    Dance communicates ideas through movement and is an expressive art form. Students need to learn how to use their body in a safe and healthy way,...

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    Free course

    12 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    12 Oct 2017

  • Dance skills

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    Dance skills Creative commons image Icon Used with permission under Creative-Commons license
    Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 12 Oct 2017
    Dance communicates ideas through movement and is an expressive art form. Students...
  • The world of the primary school

    Primary education is a dynamic and exciting area to study and become involved in. This free course, The world of the primary school, introduces the...

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    8 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    25 Jan 2017

  • The world of the primary school

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    The world of the primary school Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © BSIP SA / Alamy Stock Photo
    Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 25 Jan 2017
    Primary education is a dynamic and exciting area to study and become involved in....
  • Facilitating learning in practice

    Are you interested in mentorship or looking to develop your mentorship skills? In particular, are you involved in nurse mentorship? If so, then...

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    Free course

    24 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    11 Oct 2016

  • Facilitating learning in practice

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    Facilitating learning in practice Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Istockphoto.com
    Intermediate level Duration 24 hours Updated 11 Oct 2016
    Are you interested in mentorship or looking to develop your mentorship skills? In...
  • Learning to teach: an introduction to classroom research

    This is the fourth of four courses which comprise the course Learning to teach. Undertaking classroom research is seen as an effective form of CPD....

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    Free course

    5 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    23 Aug 2016

  • Learning to teach: an introduction to classroom research

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    Learning to teach: an introduction to classroom research
    Advanced level Duration 5 hours Updated 23 Aug 2016
    This is the fourth of four courses which comprise the course Learning to teach....
  • Learning to teach: becoming a reflective practitioner

    This is the third of four courses which comprise the course Learning to teach. Critical reflection is crucial to becoming a successful teacher....

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    Free course

    5 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    23 Aug 2016

  • Learning to teach: becoming a reflective practitioner

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    Learning to teach: becoming a reflective practitioner
    Advanced level Duration 5 hours Updated 23 Aug 2016
    This is the third of four courses which comprise the course Learning to teach....
  • Learning to teach: making sense of learning to teach

    This free course, Making sense of learning to teach, is the first of four courses which comprise the course Learning to teach. It draws on what we...

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    Free course

    5 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    23 Aug 2016

  • Learning to teach: making sense of learning to teach

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    Learning to teach: making sense of learning to teach Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Copyright © 2014 The Open University
    Advanced level Duration 5 hours Updated 23 Aug 2016
    This free course, Making sense of learning to teach, is the first of four courses...
  • Learning to teach: mentoring and tutoring student teachers

    This is the second of four courses which comprise the course Learning to teach. Traditionally student teachers are supported by a mentor in school...

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    Free course

    5 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    23 Aug 2016

  • Learning to teach: mentoring and tutoring student teachers

    Free Course Free Course Featuring: Audio Audio
    Learning to teach: mentoring and tutoring student teachers Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © 2014 The Open University
    Advanced level Duration 5 hours Updated 23 Aug 2016
    This is the second of four courses which comprise the course Learning to teach....
  • Teaching assistants: support in action

    Teaching assistants are an important resource in education. This free course, Teaching assistants: support in action, looks at how the role has...

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    Free course

    4 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    12 Jul 2016

  • Teaching assistants: support in action

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    Teaching assistants: support in action Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 12 Jul 2016
    Teaching assistants are an important resource in education. This free course,...
  • Teachers sharing resources online

    This free course, Teachers sharing resources online, is designed to help you learn about how learning resources can be shared using online...

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    Free course

    10 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    25 Apr 2016

  • Teachers sharing resources online

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    Teachers sharing resources online
    Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 25 Apr 2016
    This free course, Teachers sharing resources online, is designed to help you learn...
  • Creativity, community and ICT

    What do you think being creative means? This free course, Creativity, community and ICT, engages with the debates surrounding the term 'creativity'...

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    Free course

    20 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    23 Mar 2016

  • Creativity, community and ICT

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    Creativity, community and ICT Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 23 Mar 2016
    What do you think being creative means? This free course, Creativity, community...

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    CertHE in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Primary Schools

    Course Course
    CertHE in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Primary Schools
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 13 Nov 2017
    Do you work in a primary school supporting children’s learning? This is one of the...

    Foundation Degree in Primary Teaching and Learning

    Course Course
    Foundation Degree in Primary Teaching and Learning
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 13 Nov 2017
    Teaching assistants and classroom support staff represent one of the fastest...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Primary Teaching and Learning

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Primary Teaching and Learning Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 13 Nov 2017
    Classroom and teaching assistants and classroom support staff represent one of the...
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