Vital

Vital

Vital started out in July 2009 as a government funded project to enhance 'ICT teaching' in state funded 5-19 education in England. Vital's remit covered ICT, IT and Computer Science as specialist subjects, as well as the use of digital technology across the curriculum. The Open University (OU) developed Vital until the end of March 2013, when Jisc Advance took over the Vital brand and website.

Please note: These resources are hosted on this site as a record of the Vital project. The courses and resources in this project have not been updated since the project ended and none of them have course completion tracking set up or a Statement of Participation.

  • 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

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