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Strategic planning for online learning free course icon Level

Education & Development

Strategic planning for online learning

Become a digitally-informed and empowered school leader and learn how to help your school respond more effectively to technology-driven change through COVID-19 and beyond. This free course will help secondary school leaders make decisions about the provision and use of online learning. School leaders in secondary education need to plan digital ...

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10 hrs
Meddylfryd mentora (A mentoring mindset) free course icon Level

Education & Development

Meddylfryd mentora (A mentoring mindset)

Bydd y cwrs rhad ac am ddim hwn, Meddylfryd mentora, yn cefnogi unrhyw un sy’n gweithio yn y byd addysg i ddatblygu dealltwriaeth am fentora athrawon ar ddechrau eu gyrfa yn effeithiol yn ystod addysg gychwynnol i athrawon ac yn syth ar ôl cymhwyso. Mae wedi’i ddylunio drwy dynnu ar brofiadau cydweithwyr system addysg Cymru, a bydd fersiwn ...

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8 hrs
Promoting the effective management of children’s pain free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology

Promoting the effective management of children’s pain

This free course will focus on the promotion of effective management of children’s pain, through the use of a pain management framework. The information presented will enable you to gain knowledge and insight into evidence-based practice, in relation to delivering effective pain management for children.

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4 hrs
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Critically exploring psychology free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology

Critically exploring psychology

This free course introduces you to critical thinking as a tool for psychology. As you work your way through the course you will learn what critical thinking is, and why it is important to use in the study of psychology. In particular, it will help you to think about how to use it when doing independent research. This OpenLearn course is an...

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3 hrs
Why riot? Community, choices, aspirations free course icon Level

Education & Development

Why riot? Community, choices, aspirations

This free course was made in the summer of 2021 in the aftermath of street disturbances in working class areas of Northern Ireland. It was produced with young people from Belfast and local community activists, for young people aged 14+. The course aims to help young people think about what community means to them; to identify issues they are...

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12 hrs
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An education in Religion and Worldviews free course icon Level

History & The Arts

An education in Religion and Worldviews

Religious education is a statutory requirement for all school children in England. This course explores how the teaching and scholarly community is working to ensure this curriculum remains relevant for the twenty-first century. It is aimed at parents, faith and community group members and all others who might be interested in the purpose and ...

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3 hrs
Becoming an ethical researcher free course icon Level Badge icon

Education & Development

Becoming an ethical researcher

This free course, Becoming an ethical researcher, explores the ethics of planning, carrying out and reporting research which involves human participants. It will sensitise you to issues that a researcher should consider to support ethical and well-justified decision-making. A wide variety of research scenarios will be used to stimulate ...

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18 hrs
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An introduction to intercultural competence in the workplace free course icon Level

Education & Development

An introduction to intercultural competence in the workplace

You might think that knowing about country facts or differences between cultures is the key to being interculturally competent – but that is in fact only a small piece of the puzzle! Intercultural competence is an umbrella term for a range of qualities, attitudes and skills that allow you to mediate and communicate appropriately and effectively ...

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6 hrs
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A mentoring mindset (Meddylfryd mentora) free course icon Level

Education & Development

A mentoring mindset (Meddylfryd mentora)

This free course, A mentoring mindset (Meddylfryd mentora), will support anyone based in an education setting to develop an understanding of effective mentoring of beginner teachers in the initial teacher education and newly qualified phases. It has been designed using the experiences of colleagues working within the Welsh education system, and ...

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10 hrs
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Academi Arian MSE free course icon Level Badge icon

Money & Business

Academi Arian MSE

Mae'r Brifysgol Agored wedi ymuno â MoneySavingExpert (MSE) i gynhyrchu'r cwrs rhad ac am ddim newydd hwn i roi'r sgiliau a'r wybodaeth i chi feistroli eich arian. Ysgrifennwyd y cwrs gan y Brifysgol Agored, gyda chyngor ac arweiniad MSE.

Free course
12 hrs
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Young people and religion: creative learning with history free course icon Level

History & The Arts

Young people and religion: creative learning with history

This free course, Young people and religion: creative learning with history, will train teachers and others working with young people on how to engage them in learning about religious diversity past and present through the creative process of making short, creative films (Docutubes). It is based on the RETOPEA (Religious Toleration and Peace) ...

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12 hrs
AI matters free course icon Level

Education & Development

AI matters

Artificial Intelligence (AI) represents great opportunity, but also significant disruption for modern societies and cultures. This free online short course investigates the historical, ethical and social issues surrounding this technology. It is aimed at people interested in understanding where this technology has come from, the kinds of ...

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6 hrs