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    • Growing open educational practice in Scotland: Open Scotland and the Scottish Open Education Declaration

      Growing open educational practice in Scotland: Open Scotland and the Scottish Open Education Declaration

      Lorna Campbell has been involved in open educational technology since 1997.

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    • Building an OER in partnership - Understanding Parkinson's

      Building an OER in partnership - Understanding Parkinson's

      This case study describes how the OEPS project worked with Parkinson's UK to build an open online course.

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    • Collaborating to build “a city of information literacy, a city of Wikipedia”: Ewan McAndrew, Wikimedian in Residence

      Collaborating to build “a city of information literacy, a city of Wikipedia”: Ewan McAndrew, Wikimedian in Residence

      Ewan McAndrew works as the Wikimedian in Residence at The University of Edinburgh. Contributing to the University’s aim to enable “open culture” his role aims to be the “first residency catering for the whole university” by engaging with staff across the academy and beyond to help advocate open knowledge and explain why this is important.  Wikipedia is one of the most well known open educational resources (OER) and has seen considerable rise in usage and acceptance since its inception in 2001 with over 290 languages represented on the platform.

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    • Glasgow Caledonian ‘Games On’ open online event

      Glasgow Caledonian ‘Games On’ open online event

      The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow during 2014 provided the catalyst for the Blended Learning Team at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) to develop an open event called ‘GCU Games On’.

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    • Collaborative documents online

      Collaborative documents online

      Free online services can be used in educational contexts to share documents with learners and colleagues. This course introduces Microsoft Office Live and Google docs and is suitable for practitioners working in Primary and Secondary schools.

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      7 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Sharing ideas: introducing wikis

      Sharing ideas: introducing wikis

      This course explores how to use wikis to support collaborative learning projects in Primary schools. It is a basic introduction to wikis. If you would like to understand more about, and how to add images, upload video and other media, our Sharing ideas: developing wikis (V01p) course will be more suitable.

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      6 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Sharing ideas: developing wikis

      Sharing ideas: developing wikis

      This space contains only the 'Library copy' of materials for the Course. The materials have been created or endorsed by the Vital Core Team and/or by the community. When you sign up for a Vital Course, you will have more than the materials … you will join a cohort of fellow students with online support from a Vital Facilitator over a period of time. On many of our courses, there is also a two-hour face-to-face session to get everyone started.

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      20 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Learning together: introducing wikis

      Learning together: introducing wikis

      This course explores how to use wikis to support collaborative learning projects in Secondary schools. It is a basic introduction to wikis. If you would like to understand more about, and how to add images, upload video and other media, our Learning together: developing wikis (V01s) course will be more suitable.

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      6 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Learning together: developing wikis

      Learning together: developing wikis

      When used properly, wikis are powerful tools that enable sharing of information and knowledge. This Secondary course explores how they can be used in the classroom to improve teaching and learning and enable collaboration on group projects. You will either use a wiki on your school’s learning platform or, if this is not available to you, we will explain how to sign up to use one of the free online wiki services.

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      20 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Blogging: beyond social networking

      Blogging: beyond social networking

      This course explores how to use blogs to support teaching and curriculum-based activities, by helping Secondary school students make contributions and share knowledge and ideas.

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      6 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Getting a buzz out of blogging

      Getting a buzz out of blogging

      Starting with the basic principles of blogs and blogging, this Primary course looks at their use within education and how they can be used to improve teaching and learning.

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      20 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Blogs: skills for subject specialists

      Blogs: skills for subject specialists

      Starting with the basic principles of blogs and blogging, this Secondary course looks at their use within education and how they can be used to improve teaching and learning.

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      20 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Tap into Twitter

      Tap into Twitter

      Twitter can be used personally, professionally and in teaching practice. Participants will be shown how to register for a Twitter account, and how to find and follow other interesting users. This course introduces Twitter and is suitable for practitioners working in Primary and Secondary schools.

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      5 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Learning platforms: all aboard

      Learning platforms: all aboard

      Installing a learning platform or VLE is as much about changing culture and processes as it is about new technology. This course will help Secondary senior leaders get more value from their learning platform, by understanding how it can benefit their school and by giving them time to successfully implement it.

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      20 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Learning platforms: a step up

      Learning platforms: a step up

      Installing a learning platform or VLE is as much about changing culture and processes as it is about new technology. This course will help Primary senior leaders get more value from their learning platform, by understanding how it can benefit their school and giving them the tools to successfully implement it.

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      20 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Wow them with Wikipedia

      Wow them with Wikipedia

      Wikipedia is the largest encyclopedia in the world and an invaluable learning resource. This course, suited to Primary or Secondary practitioners, explores how to create and maintain pages, and how learners can use the site to add value to their own work and collaborative projects.

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      9 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Copyright: keep it legal

      Copyright: keep it legal

      This course looks at how to find digital resources that you can legally use in your work, including any related copyright issues. It is suitable for practitioners working in Primary and Secondary schools.

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      10 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Working with multimedia

      Working with multimedia

      In this unit of the Diploma, learners develop an understanding of contemporary digital media and how it applies to communication and entertainment. This Secondary course will show you how to use the e-skills teaching and learning resources for this course to deliver the module in 60 teaching hours.

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      8 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Multimedia skills and application

      Multimedia skills and application

      This course explores the stages in the development of a multimedia product from client brief to final delivery. It is relevant to all IT and ICT courses at Key Stages 4 and 5 that include website and web page creation, and use of multimedia.

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      10 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Exploring organisations

      Exploring organisations

      In this unit of the Diploma learners develop an understanding of how organisations operate. This Secondary course will show you how to use the associated e-skills teaching and learning resources to help improve understanding and will give ideas and advice on how to engage employers with the Diploma.

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      8 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • The potential of technology

      The potential of technology

      In this unit of the Diploma learners will explore the potential of technology in a business context. This Secondary course, which focuses on how technology is used as part of the John Lewis retail lifecycle, demonstrates how to use the e-skills resources to deliver the unit.

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      7 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Teaching ICT KS1

      Teaching ICT KS1

      This course is designed to support you in carrying out a project in KS1 in an aspect of teaching ICT. It is supported by a range of resources and activities to provide ideas and stimuli for the project. You will plan, carry out and reflect on the project with the guidance of a facilitator and in discussion with others.

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      12 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Teaching ICT KS2

      Teaching ICT KS2

      This course is designed to support you in carrying out a project in KS2 in an aspect of teaching ICT. It is supported by a range of resources and activities to provide ideas and stimuli for the project. You will plan, carry out and reflect on the project with the guidance of a facilitator and in discussion with others.

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      12 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Teaching ICT KS3

      Teaching ICT KS3

      This course is designed to support you in carrying out a project in KS3 in an aspect of teaching ICT. It is supported by a range of resources and activities to provide ideas and stimuli for the project. You will plan, carry out and reflect on the project with the guidance of a facilitator and in discussion with others.

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      12 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Assessing ICT KS1

      Assessing ICT KS1

      This course is designed to support you in carrying out a project in KS1 in an aspect of assessing ICT. It is supported by a range of resources and activities to provide ideas and stimuli for the project. You will plan, carry out and reflect on the project with the guidance of a facilitator and in discussion with others.

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      12 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Assessing ICT KS2

      Assessing ICT KS2

      This course is designed to support you in carrying out a project in KS2 in an aspect of assessing ICT. It is supported by a range of resources and activities to provide ideas and stimuli for the project. You will plan, carry out and reflect on the project with the guidance of a facilitator and in discussion with others.

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      12 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Assessing ICT KS3

      Assessing ICT KS3

      This course is designed to support you in carrying out a project in KS3 in an aspect of assessing ICT. It is supported by a range of resources and activities to provide ideas and stimuli for the project. You will plan, carry out and reflect on the project with the guidance of a facilitator and in discussion with others.

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      12 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • E-safety KS1

      E-safety KS1

      This course is designed to support you in carrying out a project in KS1 in an aspect of e-safety. It is supported by a range of resources and activities to provide ideas and stimuli for the project. You will plan, carry out and reflect on the project with the guidance of a facilitator and in discussion with others.

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      12 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • E-safety KS2

      E-safety KS2

      This course is designed to support you in carrying out a project in KS2 in an aspect of e-safety. It is supported by a range of resources and activities to provide ideas and stimuli for the project. You will plan, carry out and reflect on the project with the guidance of a facilitator and in discussion with others.

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      12 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • E-safety KS3

      E-safety KS3

      This course is designed to support you in carrying out a project in KS3 in an aspect of e-safety. It is supported by a range of resources and activities to provide ideas and stimuli for the project. You will plan, carry out and reflect on the project with the guidance of a facilitator and in discussion with others.

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      12 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • E-safety KS4

      E-safety KS4

      This course is designed to support you in carrying out a project in KS4 in an aspect of e-safety. It is supported by a range of resources and activities to provide ideas and stimuli for the project. You will plan, carry out and reflect on the project with the guidance of a facilitator and in discussion with others.

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      12 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Project management in the IT industry

      Project management in the IT industry

      This course introduces the principles of project management, including an explanation of the project lifecycle and the tools and techniques used by IT project managers in business and industry. It is relevant to all IT and ICT courses at Key Stage 4 and 5 that include project management.

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      10 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Website development skills and application

      Website development skills and application

      This course explores the stages in the development of websites from client brief to final delivery. It is relevant to all IT and ICT courses at Key Stages 4 and 5 that include website and web page creation, and use of multimedia.

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      10 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Writing using multimodal approaches KS1

      Writing using multimodal approaches KS1

      This course has been produced in conjunction with UKLA. It is designed to support you in carrying out a project in KS1 in an aspect of writing using multimodal approaches. It is supported by a range of resources and activities to provide ideas and stimuli for the project. You will plan, carry out and reflect on the project with the guidance of a facilitator and in discussion with others.

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      12 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Writing using multimodal approaches KS2

      Writing using multimodal approaches KS2

      This course has been produced in conjunction with UKLA. It is designed to support you in carrying out a project in KS2 in an aspect of writing using multimodal approaches. It is supported by a range of resources and activities to provide ideas and stimuli for the project. You will plan, carry out and reflect on the project with the guidance of a facilitator and in discussion with others.

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      12 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Writing using multimodal approaches KS3

      Writing using multimodal approaches KS3

      This course has been produced in conjunction with NATE. It is designed to support you in carrying out a project in KS3 in an aspect of writing using multimodal approaches. It is supported by a range of resources and activities to provide ideas and stimuli for the project. You will plan, carry out and reflect on the project with the guidance of a facilitator and in discussion with others.

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      12 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Introduction to games

      Introduction to games

      This courses provides an introduction to games in the classroom. The course will focus on freely available online games, which can provide a starting point for exploring their use in the classroom without investment in hardware and software. At the conclusion of this course you will have developed a lesson plan ready for implementation in your classroom.

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      7 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Researching and evaluating a game for the classroom

      Researching and evaluating a game for the classroom

      This course looks at how aspects of learning may be supported and enhanced through the use of digital games. Computer, digital or video digital games are increasingly being incorporated into teaching and learning as educational resources. The focus of this course is a project that you will carry out in your teaching and learning setting.

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      10 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Using games to develop literacy KS2

      Using games to develop literacy KS2

      This course has been produced in conjunction with the Redbridge Games Network. It is designed to support you in carrying out a project in KS2 in an aspect of using computer-based games to develop literacy. It is supported by a range of resources and activities to provide ideas and stimuli for the project. You will plan, carry out and reflect on the project with the guidance of a facilitator and in discussion with others.

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      12 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Using games to develop numeracy KS2

      Using games to develop numeracy KS2

      This course has been produced in conjunction with the Redbridge Games Network. It is designed to support you in carrying out a project in KS2 in an aspect of using computer-based games to develop numeracy. It is supported by a range of resources and activities to provide ideas and stimuli for the project. You will plan, carry out and reflect on the project with the guidance of a facilitator and in discussion with others.

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      12 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Making games, motivating learners KS2

      Making games, motivating learners KS2

      This course has been produced in conjunction with 2Simple and the Redbridge Games Network. is designed to support you in carrying out a project in KS2 in an aspect of motivating learners through the making of computer-based games across the curriculum. It is supported by a range of resources and activities to provide ideas and stimuli for the project. You will plan, carry out and reflect on the project with the guidance of a facilitator and in discussion with others.

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      12 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Using the game Spore to motivate learners KS3

      Using the game Spore to motivate learners KS3

      On this secondary course, you will look at how games can be motivational and see particular examples of where the game Spore has been used to motivate learners. The course builds on Futurelab’s research into the use of games. It will support you in developing your professional understanding and your practical teaching, and improving your learners’ outcomes.

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      12 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • TESS-India: All India Resources (in English)

      TESS-India: All India Resources (in English)

      The TESS-India Open Educational Resources (OER) comprise 105 units aimed at pre- and in-service elementary and secondary school teachers (Teacher Development OER), and 20 units for school leaders (School Leadership OER). The OER are available in multiple versions for use in a range of linguistic and cultural contexts. Here you will find the English language versions.The key principles of practice that underpin the participatory pedagogy of the TESS-India OER are detailed in ten Key Resources. The video resources complement the OER and show teachers using the principles of practice in a range of authentic Indian classrooms.

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      10 hrs

      Level 1 Introductory

    • TESS-India: All India Resources (in Hindi)

      TESS-India: All India Resources (in Hindi)

      The TESS-India Open Educational Resources (OER) comprise 105 units aimed at pre- and in-service elementary and secondary school teachers (Teacher Development OER), and 20 units for school leaders (School Leadership OER). The OER are available in multiple versions for use in a range of linguistic and cultural contexts. Here you will find the Hindi language versions.The key principles of practice that underpin the participatory pedagogy of the TESS-India OER are detailed in ten Key Resources. The video resources complement the OER and show teachers using the principles of practice in a range of authentic Indian classrooms.

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      10 hrs

      Level 1 Introductory

    • TESS-India: Assam Resources (in Assamese)

      TESS-India: Assam Resources (in Assamese)

      The TESS-India Open Educational Resources (OER) comprise 105 units for classroom teachers in elementary and secondary schools (Teacher Development OER), and 20 units for school leaders (School Leadership OER). The OER are available in multiple versions for use in a range of linguistic and cultural contexts.

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      10 hrs

      Level 1 Introductory

    • TESS-India: Bihar Resources (in Hindi)

      TESS-India: Bihar Resources (in Hindi)

      The TESS-India Open Educational Resources (OER) comprise 105 units for classroom teachers in elementary and secondary schools (Teacher Development OER), and 20 units for school leaders (School Leadership OER). The OER are available in multiple versions for use in a range of linguistic and cultural contexts.

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      10 hrs

      Level 1 Introductory

    • TESS-India: Karnataka Resources (in Kannada)

      TESS-India: Karnataka Resources (in Kannada)

      The TESS-India Open Educational Resources (OER) comprise 105 units for classroom teachers in elementary and secondary schools (Teacher Development OER), and 20 units for school leaders (School Leadership OER). The OER are available in multiple versions for use in a range of linguistic and cultural contexts.

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      10 hrs

      Level 1 Introductory

    • TESS-India: Madhya Pradesh Resources (in Hindi)

      TESS-India: Madhya Pradesh Resources (in Hindi)

      The TESS-India Open Educational Resources (OER) comprise 105 units for classroom teachers in elementary and secondary schools (Teacher Development OER), and 20 units for school leaders (School Leadership OER). The OER are available in multiple versions for use in a range of linguistic and cultural contexts.

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      10 hrs

      Level 1 Introductory

    • TESS-India: Odisha Resources (in Odia)

      TESS-India: Odisha Resources (in Odia)

      The TESS-India Open Educational Resources (OER) comprise 105 units for classroom teachers in elementary and secondary schools (Teacher Development OER), and 20 units for school leaders (School Leadership OER). The OER are available in multiple versions for use in a range of linguistic and cultural contexts.

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      10 hrs

      Level 1 Introductory

    • TESS-India: Uttar Pradesh Resources (in Hindi)

      TESS-India: Uttar Pradesh Resources (in Hindi)

      The TESS-India Open Educational Resources (OER) comprise 105 units for classroom teachers in elementary and secondary schools (Teacher Development OER), and 20 units for school leaders (School Leadership OER). The OER are available in multiple versions for use in a range of linguistic and cultural contexts

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      10 hrs

      Level 1 Introductory

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