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Free courses for teachers and student teachers and those interested in teaching

Updated Tuesday, 17th January 2017
The links below provide access to a series of free, short Open University courses aimed at supporting initial teacher education, teacher professional development and classroom practice. They may also offer support to and guidance for those having to homeschool their children during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Secondary learning, teaching and assessment

The following free courses identify and explore some of the key issues around teaching and assessing subjects at secondary level. Through coming to understand these issues and debates, you will reflect on and develop your practice as someone who teaches through greater awareness of the implications of your practice on pedagogy and what is considered to be of value in the subject education.

Learning to teach

TESSA & TESS-India resources

TESS-India (Teacher Education through School-based Support in India) is working alongside the Indian government to use Open Educational Resources (OER) to achieve transformational change for teacher educators and teachers working in elementary and lower secondary schools in India. The materials comprise text and video materials in multiple languages to meet a range of professional needs and contexts of use. The TESS-India OER can be integrated into formal and informal pre-service and in-service teacher education programmes to support locally identified teacher development needs and may also be of interest to schools in the UK.  TESS-India is led by The Open University and funded by UK aid from the UK government.

TESSA is a network of teachers and teacher educators working alongside The Open University, UK, to improve the quality of classroom practice and access to teacher education resources across sub-Saharan Africa. It does this through offering a range of Open Educational Resources (OER) in four languages to support school-based teacher education: English, French, Swahili (Tanzania) and Arabic (Sudan).  This website provides links to various resources which you may find useful.


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