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Difference and challenge in teams free course icon Level

Money & Business

Difference and challenge in teams

This free course looks at how teams ‘travel’ together on a journey of development. Those journeys are hardly ever smooth. The course encourages you to recognise difference and challenge amongst individuals in the team who are pulling in different directions. It will help you identify where such challenges can be embraced for the benefit of your ...

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2 hrs
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The Ancient Olympics: bridging past and present free course icon Level

History & The Arts

The Ancient Olympics: bridging past and present

This free course, The Ancient Olympics: bridging past and present, highlights the similarities and differences between our modern Games and the Ancient Olympics and explores why today, as we prepare for future Olympics, we still look back at the Classical world for meaning and inspiration.

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5 hrs
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Key skill assessment unit: information technology free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

Key skill assessment unit: information technology

Skills in information technology (IT) cover a broad range, from using software packages effectively to developing a critical understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of IT solutions. Developing your IT skills means planning your work, practising your skills, seeking feedback from others and reviewing your approach. In this free course, Key ...

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50 hrs
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Exploring sport online: Athletes and efficient hearts free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology

Exploring sport online: Athletes and efficient hearts

We all know that the heart is very important but what exactly does the heart do? Why is the blood so important? What functions do the lungs perform? In this free course, Exploring sport online: Athletes and efficient hearts, we will try to provide at least a basic understanding so we can answer these questions and begin to understand why knowing...

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5 hrs
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People-centred designing free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

People-centred designing

Designed products surround us all and range from bus tickets to buildings. This free course, People-centred designing, focuses firmly on usability and the increasingly important phenomenon of people-centred design. It aims to inform consumers of design (i.e., all of us) about this crucial characteristic of design. In addition to stimulating ...

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12 hrs
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Languages

Languages at work

All of us in our working lives increasingly need to work with people from other cultures or those whose native language is foreign, or we may have to go to another country and work as a foreigner ourselves. This free course, Languages at work, is about how to understand differences in culture and how to make the most of existing language skills....

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6 hrs
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Key skill assessment unit: working with others free course icon Level

Education & Development

Key skill assessment unit: working with others

Working effectively with other people in a group or a team is a skill valued highly by community and educational organisations, as well as employers. Working in a group is about communicating effectively, contributing ideas, listening and receiving feedback, and leading or following as appropriate. Developing your skills means thinking about ...

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50 hrs
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Active, healthy lifestyles free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology

Active, healthy lifestyles

In this free course, Active, healthy lifestyles, which is aimed at teachers of Physical Education, we begin by looking at some of the common misconceptions relating to fitness and activity levels together with accepted definitions of these concepts. We consider how active young people should actually be, and discuss how PE teachers can ensure ...

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10 hrs
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Key skill assessment: communication free course icon Level

Education & Development

Key skill assessment: communication

Communication is part of everyone's life. Being able to communicate clearly and effectively orally, visually and in writing underpins nearly everything we do. This free course, Key skill assessment: communication, will help you recognise your strengths as well as the areas where you could improve. In developing and assessing your communication...

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50 hrs
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Society, Politics & Law

Identity in question

Why is identity important and how are identities formed? This free course, Identity in question, looks at the many different ways in which identity can be categorised. By examining the requirements of the state, how a child views gender, and the importance of race or place of birth, you will start to understand how each individual can have more ...

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12 hrs
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Motivation and factors affecting motivation free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology

Motivation and factors affecting motivation

This free course explores the term 'motivation' and factors affecting motivation. This includes looking at the most influential theories of motivation that contribute to understanding the causes of motivation. The motivation of sports people and people working in sport and fitness environments are used to help understand the theories presented.

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5 hrs