This key introductory module covers a range of themes relating to primary education including children's learning, inclusive education, play and creativity, home-school liaison, and the curriculum areas of English, mathematics and science. You will also develop the knowledge and skills needed to work collaboratively and equitably in a range of settings. These include evaluating and communicating information effectively to others, using digital technologies effectively for study, online collaboration and to support your continuing professional development, planning and managing time, identifying strengths and areas for development, and seeking and learning from feedback. This module will give you a sound foundation for further study relevant to a variety of roles within education.
In this module you'll critically explore the diverse ways organisations create, sustain and expand value with particular reference to the roles of the operations and finance functions. It provides the latest theories of value creation, allowing you to practically engage with them across several business functions and a range of organisations. By examining the operations and finance functions, you'll uncover the link between decision making and performance. Business intelligence is used to demonstrate how managers can enhance a firm's value using data and analytics. It also reveals new types of value creation, centring on collaboration, ecological sustainability, employee welfare and overall public good. The use of a game-based learning approach provides a compelling framework to consolidate, reflect, and expand on the knowledge you'll acquire. Overall, this module offers an interdisciplinary lens to investigate how organisations can create and sustain value in an increasingly complex and dynamic business environment, driven by economic, environmental and social concerns.
This free course, Collaborative problem solving for community safety, offers a range of techniques for community police officers, other community-based public service professionals and members of community groups working to solve problems collaboratively and creatively. It examines some of the ways which OU specialists in creative problem solving recommend to tackle difficult problems, and how to implement them in a community setting.
This postgraduate diploma offers the unique opportunity to draw on the expertise of The Open University's Institute of Educational Technology - world leaders in the innovative use of new media and technologies in online education. You will study the theory and practice of online and distance education, covering topics such as the learning experiences of disabled students and the technical aspects of accessibility; and the processes of designing, implementing and evaluating technology-enhanced learning. Working with our experts in collaboration with colleagues from around the world, you will be at the forefront of the latest developments.
If you're currently engaged in strategic decision-making, or will be in the future, or just want to learn more about strategy, this module will stimulate your imagination and inform your judgement. An understanding of the frameworks of strategy and an ability to use them imaginatively will help your organisation survive in the longer-term and perform its role more effectively. You will not be expected merely to 'learn' the frameworks, but to critically analyse and comment on them, sometimes in collaboration with fellow students. The module will also help you contribute to and better understand the dialogue of strategy at a variety of levels in your organisation.
This degree course provides an innovative and accessible introduction to leadership and management in business, and explores their impact on organisations – including wider considerations in the external environment. You’ll develop a range of analytical and problem-solving skills incorporating the management of functions such as marketing, human resources and finance, and leading change. You’ll also examine how business organisations are shaped and changed, and how stakeholder behaviours and management decision-making contribute to the various organisational functions. This degree in leadership and management will help you gain essential and practical skills in communication; the use of IT; numerical interpretation; collaborative working; and reflective thinking. Alongside your compulsory studies in leadership, management and organisations you can choose an option which suits your particular professional or personal interest – such as marketing, business strategy and retailing, finance, entrepreneurship, inter-organisational collaboration or fundraising.
This module is about collaboration ? working, managing and organising across organisational and cultural boundaries. Whether within or across organisations, via partnerships, joint ventures and alliances, collaboration can be both stimulating and rewarding. It entails the combination of resources and expertise which enables partners to achieve something jointly that they cannot achieve working alone. However, collaboration is also fraught with difficulties and dilemmas. In this module you'll explore the many issues and challenges associated with working collaboratively across different contexts. You will also learn about concepts and theories that can help you to better manage collaborative situations in the future.
Many projects are now ‘virtual’, i.e. 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.
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 team and your organisation.