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    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 skill assessment Information technology you will learn to use and adapt your skills effectively and confidently in different situations and contexts

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    50 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    22 Mar 2016

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    Skills in information technology (IT) cover a broad range, from using software...
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    Human resources: recruitment and selection

    Does the recruitment and selection process fill you with dread Discrimination and equal opportunities legislation can make this area feel like a minefield If you are faced with appointing a new employee then this free course Human resources recruitment and selection will provide a straightforward guide to the process from writing job descriptions to finally assessing who to appoint

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    12 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    18 May 2018

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    Does the recruitment and selection process fill you with dread? Discrimination and...
  • Everyday English 2

    This free course Everyday English 2 will inspire you to improve your current English skills and help you to communicate more effectively in everyday work and life

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    48 hours

    Updated on:

    20 Jan 2020

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    Everyday English 2
    Beginner level Duration 48 hours Updated 20 Jan 2020
    This free course, Everyday English 2, will inspire you to improve your current...
  • Everyday maths 1 (Wales)

    This free course will develop and improve your essential maths skills for work study and everyday life The course has four sessions which cover the following topics numbers measurement shapes and space and handling data There will be plenty of examples to help you progress together with opportunities to practise your understanding A Welshlanguage version of this course is also hosted on OpenLearn Cymru Everyday maths 1 was written by Bedford College Group in partnership with Middlesbrough College West Herts College and The Open University in collaboration with Coleg Cambria Addysg Oedolion Cymru Adult Learning Wales Coleg Gwent and the NPTC Group of Colleges

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    48 hours

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    20 Jan 2020

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    Everyday maths 1 (Wales)
    Beginner level Duration 48 hours Updated 20 Jan 2020
    This free course will develop and improve your essential maths skills for work,...
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    Teaching for good behaviour

    The quality of our teaching inevitably has an impact on the behaviour of our students This free course Teaching for good behaviour considers some of the factors that can contribute to misbehaviour in the classroom and some of the steps that we can take as teachers to reengage students with the learning process The course considers the format of lessons how lessons are delivered how to present lesson content in an interesting and creative way and the development of engaging lessonsPLEASE NOTEActivity 1 discusses the VAK to teaching which was an influential concept at the time of writing However now it has largely been discredited and should be approached with a critical eye

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    10 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    20 May 2019

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    The quality of our teaching inevitably has an impact on the behaviour of our...
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    Mastering systems thinking in practice

    This free course Mastering systems thinking in practice provides a primer for someone wanting to take the postgraduate qualifications in Systems Thinking in Practice It will help you develop new ways of thinking about and approaching situations that cross multiple discipline and skill boundaries You will learn to think more holistically about complex and messy situations understanding the roles other people play taking account of the interconnectedness of all the components making up the problem situation and working more collaboratively

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    24 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    13 Aug 2019

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    Advanced level Duration 24 hours Updated 13 Aug 2019
    This free course, Mastering systems thinking in practice, provides a primer for...
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    Fundamentals of accounting

    Learn about the essential numerical and doubleentry skills required for accounting This free course Fundamentals of accounting will explain the fundamental purpose and role of accounting as well as the doubleentry rules that are the foundation of all financial records and reports in any modern business

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    8 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    01 Aug 2019

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    Learn about the essential numerical and double-entry skills required for...
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    Beginners’ French: Food and drink

    Improve your language skills by learning to communicate more easily and effectively in French In this free course Beginners French Food and drink you will also gain an insight into French societies and cultures through focusing on food and drink You will listen to French speakers in a variety of situations and you will be provided with some skills for coping with reading texts

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    5 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    23 May 2019

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    Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 23 May 2019
    Improve your language skills by learning to communicate more easily and...
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    Project governance and Project Management Office (PMO)

    Whether a project is large or small innovative or similar to other projects governance and administrative support will be needed The type of governance and level of support will vary considerably between projects of different types and complexity This course Project governance and Project Management Office PMO considers project governance and how we can tell if it is effective Project administration may range from informal support to a dedicated PMO We look at the tasks and support which a project manager might need and if there is a PMO how this fits with the relationship between project manager and the organisation

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    7 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    22 Aug 2016

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    Whether a project is large or small, innovative or similar to other projects,...
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    Childhood in the digital age

    This free course Childhood in the digital age delves into the lives of children and discuss the potential benefits and limitations of technology in their lives

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    12 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    04 Feb 2020

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    This free course, Childhood in the digital age, delves into the lives of children...
  • Citizen science and global biodiversity

    This free course Citizen science and global biodiversity deals with the importance of biodiversity and explores how anyone can contribute to and be involved in identifying and recording wildlife as a citizen scientist It looks at what citizen science is and how citizen science facilitates public involvement in scientific research activities as individuals learn and build skills Traditional biological keys are introduced and online recording is demonstrated using citizen science techniques and practical activities using the wwwiSpotnatureorg platform The course goes on to demonstrate how once a species is identified web resources can be used to research its ecology The role of citizen science is illustrated through a number of case studies from across the world Finally the course concludes by exploring the impact citizen scientists are having on recording biodiversity around the globe

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    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    03 Feb 2020

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    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 03 Feb 2020
    This free course, Citizen science and global biodiversity, deals with the...
  • Getting started with Spanish 3

    This free course will take you some steps further in your journey toward learning Spanish You should have some previous knowledge of Spanish whether you have studied Getting Started with Spanish 1 and Getting Started with Spanish 2or because you have learned Spanish elsewhere This free course will allow you to practise some very useful skills such as how to greet people in different contexts how to invite friends to go out with you and how to accept or decline their invitations This OpenLearn course is an extract from the beginning of the Open Centre for Languages and Cultures short courseLXS003 Beginners Spanish 3 AdelanteAfter completing this free course you may wish to register for the full course to continue your learning

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    8 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    22 Apr 2021

  • Getting started with Spanish 3

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    Getting started with Spanish 3
    Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 22 Apr 2021
    This free course will take you some steps further in your journey toward learning...
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    Design thinking

    Are you ever frustrated with something that you thought you could design better This free course Design thinking will show you how to structure your natural creativity to come up with solutions to all kinds of problems and have fun in the process too

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    10 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    05 Dec 2018

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    Are you ever frustrated with something that you thought you could design better?...
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    Art and life in ancient Egypt

    Around 1350 BC the Egyptian grain accountant Nebamun commissioned the walls of his tombchapel to be painted with scenes depicting his afterlife and the world in which he lived Nebamun worked in the temple of Amun at Karnak during the reign of Amenhotep III c 13901352 BC Amenhotep was one of the most important kings of the 18th Dynasty one of the high points of Egyptian wealth but his reign preceded a period of dramatic upheaval in Egyptian society In 1820 eleven pieces were removed from the walls of the tombchapel location now unknown and were acquired by the British Museum where they are now iconic masterpieces of the collection This free course explores the history and meaning of these paintings

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    30 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    04 Feb 2020

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    Introductory level Duration 30 hours Updated 04 Feb 2020
    Around 1350 BC, the Egyptian grain accountant Nebamun commissioned the walls of...
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    What happens to you when you read?

    This free courseWhat happens to you when you readexplores our relationship with books and the ways in which engaging with fiction in particular can change readers Research shows that as well as providing us with a form of entertainment the activity of reading can bring benefits to our wellbeing in challenging times People have experienced and explored these benefits throughout history As you work your way through this course you will have the chance to participate in both reading and writing activities and experience for yourself what happens to you when you read

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    3 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    20 Jul 2021

  • Grammar matters

    Grammar matters because combined with vocabulary choice it is our main way of making meaning This free course introduces you to one approach used to understand how meanings relate systematically to different aspects of grammar and shows how this deeper understanding can be applied to make everyday communication more effective

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    8 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    06 Mar 2019

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    Advanced level Duration 8 hours Updated 06 Mar 2019
    Grammar matters because, combined with vocabulary choice, it is our main way of...
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    Beginners’ German: Food and drink

    This free course Beginners German Food and drink provides materials that support the development of listening reading writing and speaking skills The content focuses on food restaurants and eating habits The course also gives examples of how grammar vocabulary cultural aspects and study skills are taught by the OU in the Beginners German module

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    6 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    13 Dec 2019

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    Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 13 Dec 2019
    This free course, Beginners' German: Food and drink, provides materials that...
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    Managing virtual project teams

    Many projects are now virtual ie some or all of the team are located remotely and may be working in different time zones The project manager needs all the traditional soft skills and more This free course Managing virtual project teams looks at knowledge and techniques which underpin team selection and then consider the additional expertise needed to manage teams in a virtual environment

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    8 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    22 Aug 2016

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    Advanced level Duration 8 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
    Many projects are now ‘virtual’, i.e. some or all of the team are located remotely...
  • Beginners’ German: Places and people

    Do you want to learn the basics of the German language This free course Beginners German Places and people will take you on a journey through Germanspeaking countries You will read and hear about a range of places and people This OpenLearn course will give you the opportunity to develop language skills which will help you to cope in a range of situations

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    5 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    02 Nov 2018

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    Beginners’ German: Places and people
    Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 02 Nov 2018
    Do you want to learn the basics of the German language? This free course,...
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    Managing my investments

    Gain the skills to manage your investments analyse portfolio risk and plan your pension with this free online course

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    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    17 Dec 2019

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    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 17 Dec 2019
    Gain the skills to manage your investments: analyse portfolio risk and plan your...
  • Making decisions

    Do you hate making decisions Does the ability of others to make snap decisions really frustrate you This free course will help you understand some of the processes involved in decision making Attention to the psychology of decision making and the social context in which decisions are made can improve your understanding of others and yourself

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    4 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    05 Jun 2019

  • Making decisions

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    Making decisions
    Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 05 Jun 2019
    Do you hate making decisions? Does the ability of others to make snap decisions...
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    Exploring books for children: words and pictures

    Many people have fond memories of the stories they encountered in childhood perhaps especially of those wonderful picture books and illustrated tales which fired our young imaginations and transported us to magical worlds To an adults eye some picture books may seem remarkably simple even oversimplified However in this free course Exploring books for children words and pictures you will learn how childrens books use words and pictures together in remarkably sophisticated ways to communicate both to young and older readers drawing on examples from the classics such as Beatrix Potters Tales of Peter Rabbit and from contemporary childrens authors such as Anthony Browne author of Gorilla

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    8 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    02 Apr 2020

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    Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 02 Apr 2020
    Many people have fond memories of the stories they encountered in childhood,...
  • Could we control our climate?

    Climate crisis is one of the grand challenges we face as a society but it can be hard to approach as a subject Not only can the science at times seem dauntingly complex but the solutions are also far from clear This leaves many people feeling confused guilty anxious angry or else completely switched off from the subject This course tells the story of climate science in a new way to find a fresh perspective for thinking about the future It looks at the problem through the lens of climate engineering the idea of deliberately trying to modify the climate to counteract the changes were observing and predict what will happen in the future The subject contains everything from hope new technologies that could prevent the worst impacts of climate change to enormous controversies over their risks and the way they could be used More than that climate engineering serves as a useful tool to move beyond the usual often frustrating conversations around what to do about the climate crisis By examining exactly what we want for our planets climate and what we would be willing to sacrifice to get there we might find more clarity in our search for solutions

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    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    31 Mar 2021

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    Could we control our climate?
    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 31 Mar 2021
    Climate crisis is one of the grand challenges we face as a society, but it can be...
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    Working with young people in sport and exercise

    This free course Working with young people in sport and exercise examines the special considerations of coaching or instructing young people in sport and exercise The physiological differences between children and adults will be considered along with the practical implications of coaching young people

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    6 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    19 Jun 2019

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    This free course, Working with young people in sport and exercise, examines the...
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    Conversations and interviews

    This free course Conversations and interviews explores how to ask and answer questions in interviews and conversations

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    5 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    29 May 2019

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    This free course, Conversations and interviews, explores how to ask and answer...
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