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Becoming an ethical researcher free course icon level 3: advanced icon 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 ...

Free course
18 hrs
An introduction to intercultural competence in the workplace free course icon level 1: introductory icon

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 ...

Free course
6 hrs
A mentoring mindset (Meddylfryd mentora) free course icon level 3: advanced icon

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, but ...

Free course
10 hrs
Young people and religion: creative learning with history free course icon level 1: introductory icon

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) ...

Free course
12 hrs
An introduction to artificial intelligence free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Education & Development

An introduction to artificial intelligence

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
Describing language free course icon level 1: introductory icon Badge icon

Languages

Describing language

This free course introduces you to the basics of describing language. Using examples from English, you’ll learn how words are built, how they fit together to make sentences, and what labels like noun, verb and adjective mean. You’ll see how language patterns in regular ways and how the meaning of a sentence is more than the sum of its parts. ...

Free course
24 hrs
Developing career resilience free course icon level 1: introductory icon Badge icon

Money & Business

Developing career resilience

Do you sometimes wish you were more resilient when faced with changes at work? Do you have career plans but feel unsure about progressing with them? If you do, then this free course, Developing career resilience, will help you to build your resilience and approach career-related change with greater confidence and motivation.

Free course
24 hrs
Developing Reading for Pleasure: engaging young readers free course icon level 2: intermediate icon Badge icon

Education & Development

Developing Reading for Pleasure: engaging young readers

It is widely recognised that supporting children to become capable and engaged readers plays an important role in their future success. Reading empowers; it facilitates education and employment, and it enriches one’s personal life and growth. Learning to read is therefore a key goal of primary or elementary education, and high-quality literacy ...

Free course
24 hrs
Introduction to adolescent mental health free course icon level 1: introductory icon Badge icon

Health, Sports & Psychology

Introduction to adolescent mental health

This free course provides an introduction to adolescent mental health. The course is designed to encourage a greater understanding of mental health issues as well as to explore the variety of strategies that can be employed to support young people.

Free course
24 hrs
Historical perspectives on race free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

History & The Arts

Historical perspectives on race

Race is not biological. It is a social construction. Yet we know that in our contemporary world and in history, this construction has real consequences. From enslavement and colonisation to resistance and revolution, the stories of people of colour are often left untold in accounts of the past. This free course, Historical perspectives on race, ...

Free course
12 hrs
Race and Youth Policy: working with young people free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Education & Development

Race and Youth Policy: working with young people

How should we, as a society, best respond to and prevent gang and knife crime and violent extremism?

Free course
6 hrs
Succeed in the workplace free course icon level 1: introductory icon Badge icon

Education & Development

Succeed in the workplace

Do you want to change jobs, are you just starting in the job market or may be returning after a break? If so, then this free course, Succeed in the workplace, is for you. It will help you explore career opportunities. You will also gain the skills to write strong CVs and application forms, and to handle different types of interviews. By the end ...

Free course
24 hrs