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    • An introduction to technology and innovation policy research

      An introduction to technology and innovation policy research

      This is an interdisciplinary module that provides an introduction to technology and innovation policy and research in this field. The emphasis is on examining issues of interdisciplinary research embracing economic, sociological and managerial orientations. The approach is to build understanding of technology policy and technology innovations processes thereby providing a robust grounding, before exploring research methods employed to investigate technology and innovation policy. It is important to appreciate that this is not a research methods course as research techniques are not actively taught. Instead, a selection of research tools are introduced and applied to technology policy and innovation. Thus, it focuses on methods and skills best suited for technology policy and innovation rather than being comprehensive.

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      24+ hrs

      Level 3 Advanced

    • Language and literacy in a changing world

      Language and literacy in a changing world

      This unit explores the rapidly changing field of language and literacy studies and its relevance to teaching and learning. It’ll help you gain a deeper understanding of the nature of language and literacy, and to learn a range of ways of analysing different kinds of language in context.

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      24+ hrs

      Level 1 Introductory

    • TU100_Sense

      TU100_Sense

      This site provides all the resources you need to get started with Sense and the SenseBoard.

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      1 hr

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Spanish: La historia piedra a piedra

      Spanish: La historia piedra a piedra

      If you already have a working knowledge of the Spanish language this unit will help to improve you ability to describe places, events and routines in the past. By using Medieval Spain as the setting you will learn crucial grammatical points regarding the preterite and imperfect tenses.

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      12 hrs

      Level 1 Introductory

    • The Practical Science Network

      The Practical Science Network

      The purpose of this space is to bring educators together to find new ways of including practical science within the curriculum.

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      1 hr

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Open to change

      Open to change

      This unit is comprised of three booklets designed for people who are facing change, or who are thinking about making changes in their lives. The booklets originally formed part of the Y004 Open to Change course, aimed at pre-degree level student, but this has now been replaced by Y154 Open to Change.

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      24+ hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Preparing for development

      Preparing for development

      These materials comprise a preparatory pack for the courses U213 International Development: Challenges for a World in Transition and TU871 Development Context and Practice.

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      24+ hrs

      Level 1 Introductory

    • Law, the internet and society

      Law, the internet and society

      The Internet has changed our lives. This unit will help you to understand how the development of the internet led to an explosion of innovation and creativity, the creation of a ‘commons’ envornment and how reactions to these developments could affect opportunities to use and share ideas in the future.

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      24+ hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Introduction to animal physiology

      Introduction to animal physiology

      Physiology is the study of how organisms function. The emphasis in this unit is on the functioning of vertebrate animals, including humans, and a variety of solutions to the problems posed by different habitats and ways of life are illustrated. This unit will be of particular interest to those who have a general concern for biology and those engaged in teaching and research.

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      24+ hrs

      Level 1 Introductory

    • Project mathematics update

      Project mathematics update

      Project Mathematics Update was a collection of materials produced by the Open University’s Centre for Mathematics Education (CME) for use in Local Education Authority courses for retraining teachers as mathematics teachers in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The materials are typical of CME in that they consist largely of tasks with limited commentary.

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      24+ hrs

      Level 2 Intermediate

    • Healthcare technology management

      Healthcare technology management

      In modern healthcare, healthcare technology has a major role to play in order to serve the objective of high-standard healthcare provision. The planning and management of healthcare technology is complex and diverse. It requires combined knowledge, which includes engineering, commercial, logistics and planning, and management skills.

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      15 hrs

      Level 1 Introductory

    • The United States in twentieth century culture

      The United States in twentieth century culture

      The material here is derived from a discontinued Open University course: The United States in twentieth century culture. The material is presented in designated sections and primarily as a series of audio files. No other materials are supplied for this course.

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      10 hrs

      Level 1 Introductory

    • Democratisation in Eastern Europe

      Democratisation in Eastern Europe

      This is an undergraduate level 2 course from the Faculty of Social Sciences presented between 1992 and 2001. The materials accessible here were recorded in 1999.

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      1 hr

      Level 1 Introductory

    • Case studies of sustainable design and eco efficiency

      Case studies of sustainable design and eco efficiency

      This unit examines how companies and individual designers have established a distinctive profile and have invested much of their creativity towards Sustainable Product Design (SPD).

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      4 hrs

      Level 1 Introductory

    • Sustainable product innovation

      Sustainable product innovation

      This unit will outline the concept of sustainable product innovation, explore the benefits of ‘green’ designs and examine the social-take up of such approaches.

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      4 hrs

      Level 1 Introductory

    • Developing communities of eco business practice

      Developing communities of eco business practice

      This unit examines the development of eco-business practice and local eco-business communities and will outline the public, participatory and inclusive imperitives.

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      4 hrs

      Level 1 Introductory

    • Managing Organisational Knowledge for Sustainability and Competitive Advantage

      Managing Organisational Knowledge for Sustainability and Competitive Advantage

      This unit examines the number of challenges associated with personal and organisational learning.

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      4 hrs

      Level 1 Introductory

    • CREDPRO: The Child: Development Needs & Rights

      CREDPRO: The Child: Development Needs & Rights

      This unit begins by introducing the concepts of childhood and child development, followed by an exploration of children’s universal needs and potentials. Needs are then related to the international standards outlined in the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child.

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      5 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Market Research Methods

      Market Research Methods

      Conducting market research can involve employing both quantitative and qualitative research models. This unit gives an overview of both and how they can be used effectively to investigate your customer service levels.

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      8 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Introduction to International Economic Law

      Introduction to International Economic Law

      This unit is an introduction to the subject of International Economic Law. It includes a historical development of the subject and refers to the principal organisations related to International Economic Law.

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      8 hrs

      Level 1 Introductory

    • Responding to Customer Needs

      Responding to Customer Needs

      This unit uses SWOT and PEST analysis and SMART targets models to help you to identify your current market position, identify your customer’s needs and plan for future changes.

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      24+ hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • The World Bank Group

      The World Bank Group

      This unit concentrates on the relationship between development law and the role of the World Bank. In this context the unit briefly refers to the concept of sustainable development and it will evaluate the role of this concept within international trade.

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      5 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • The World Trade Organization

      The World Trade Organization

      This unit deals with the role and the functions of the World Trade Organization (WTO. It will attempt to critically address the salient agreements regulated by the WTO as well as the institutional structure within which the WTO functions. Finally, it covers the area of subsidies under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and the WTO Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures.

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      5 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Understanding management

      Understanding management

      Have you ever wondered what ‘management’ means? What kinds of ideas and activities are involved? What or who makes a good manager? Or a bad one? This unit provides a taste of the Open University's Understanding management course which could point you towards some of the answers to these questions.

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      4 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Computers: bits & bytes

      Computers: bits & bytes

      If you have no idea how your computer works, then this unit is for you. You will learn the basic operating principles and what the various components do. The unit will explain what factors affect the power of a computer and what the difference is between mainframes and PCs. A gentle introduction to the workings of a computer.

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      3 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Ecology

      Ecology

      Ecology is the study of how organisms interact with each other and with their environment – a truly vast area of biology. The original course examined the biological principles that are the basis for analysing and understanding ecological situations, and should give you some of the skills and knowledge needed by professional ecologists.

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      24+ hrs

      Level 1 Introductory

    • The effective use of numbers

      The effective use of numbers

      This toolkit was created for tutors of courses that are not explicitly mathematical. Its aim is to enable tutors to help their students to develop the mathematical skills they need to present and interpret data and statistical information in effective ways.

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      10 hrs

      Level 1 Introductory

    • Reading and note taking

      Reading and note taking

      This toolkit was created for tutors of courses from any discipline. Its aim is to enable tutors to help their students to develop reading and note taking skills.

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      6 hrs

      Level 1 Introductory

    • Learning how to learn

      Learning how to learn

      This toolkit was created for tutors of courses from any discipline. Its focus is on the process of reflection and encourages tutors to help their students to become reflective learners by developing a process of feedback and dialogue with them.

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      15 hrs

      Level 1 Introductory

    • Writing skills

      Writing skills

      This toolkit was created for tutors of courses from any discipline. Its aim is to enable tutors to take a sytematic stance in preparing their students to write effectively, and produce written work which expresses their understanding of their subject and topic.

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      10 hrs

      Level 1 Introductory

    • Researching student learning

      Researching student learning

      This book Researching Student Learning: Approaches to Studying in Campus-based and Distance Education by John T.E. Richardson, first published in 2000, is an important resource for all those concerned with leaning and teaching in universities and colleges, whether in campus-based or distance learning institutions.

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      24+ hrs

      Level 3 Advanced

    • Elements of statistics

      Elements of statistics

      This was the core text for students of the Open University’s practical introductory course on statistics, M246 Elements of Statistics. Written to support self-study it provides an excellent foundation in statistics.

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      24+ hrs

      Level 1 Introductory

    • Science for primary teachers

      Science for primary teachers

      PS458 Science for Primary Teachers was a course designed to help promote knowledge and understanding of science. This unit also contains some relevant material form the course S624 Primary Teachers Learning Science.

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      24+ hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Teaching in Primary Schools: Technology

      Teaching in Primary Schools: Technology

      The booklet provided here formed part of the Primary Post Graduate Certificate in Education course which ran between 1994 and 1998. The Teaching in Primary School: Technology booklet was designed to help student teachers understand the issues surrounding teaching technology to primary pupils and provide some strategies to aid their teaching.

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      20 hrs

      Level 3 Advanced

    • Teaching in Primary Schools: Music

      Teaching in Primary Schools: Music

      The booklet provided here formed part of the Primary Post Graduate Certificate in Education course which ran between 1994 and 1998. The Teaching in Primary School: Music booklet was designed to help student teachers understand the issues surrounding teaching music to primary pupils and provide some strategies to aid their teaching.

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      20 hrs

      Level 3 Advanced

    • Teaching in Primary Schools: History

      Teaching in Primary Schools: History

      The booklet provided here formed part of the Primary Post Graduate Certificate in Education course which ran between 1994 and 1998. The Teaching in Primary School: History booklet was designed to help student teachers understand the issues surrounding teaching history to primary pupils and provide some strategies to aid their teaching.

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      20 hrs

      Level 3 Advanced

    • Teaching in Primary Schools: Geography

      Teaching in Primary Schools: Geography

      The booklet provided here formed part of the Primary Post Graduate Certificate in Education course which ran between 1994 and 1998. The Teaching in Primary School: Geography booklet was designed to help student teachers understand the issues surrounding teaching geography to primary pupils and provide some strategies to aid their teaching.

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      20 hrs

      Level 3 Advanced

    • Teaching in Primary Schools: Art

      Teaching in Primary Schools: Art

      The booklet provided here formed part of the Primary Post Graduate Certificate in Education course which ran between 1994 and 1998. The Teaching in Primary School: Art booklet was designed to help student teachers understand the issues surrounding teaching art to primary pupils and provide some strategies to aid their teaching.

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      20 hrs

      Level 3 Advanced

    • Educational research in action

      Educational research in action

      This course was last presented in February 2007. The course was presented as part of the Masters in Education Programme as well as an element of the Doctorate in Education.

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      24+ hrs

      Level 3 Advanced

    • Statistics in society

      Statistics in society

      This course was presented for the last time in February 2006. The course materials covers statistical information and the ways of dealing with it, playing an increasingly important part in our lives. This course offers an uncomplicated yet critical introduction to current (2006) statistical ideas and practice, and demonstrates a variety of applications of statistics in everyday life. Statistical concepts are introducted to help make sense of practical problems and to help answer such questions as: ‘Are we becoming better off?’ and ‘Is my child developing normally?’

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      24+ hrs

      Level 1 Introductory

    • Effective leadership and management in education

      Effective leadership and management in education

      The module provided here was last presented in February 2002. The module formed part of a masters programme in education and is based on the premise that all who are involved in teaching and learning can have a role in educational leadership.

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      24+ hrs

      Level 3 Advanced

    • Liverpool slave city first

      Liverpool slave city first

      This is an undergraduate level 2 course from the Faculty of Social Sciences presented between 1995 and 2005. The materials accessible here were recorded in 1994.

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      1 hr

      Level 1 Introductory

    • Performance measurement and evaluation

      Performance measurement and evaluation

      This course was last presented in 1999, it was designed for senior managers in all types of organisations who wanted to understand how performance measurement can contribute to effective management and decision-making.

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      24+ hrs

      Level 2 Intermediate

    • Educational management in action

      Educational management in action

      This course formed part of the master's programme in education, enabling teachers to develop the skills and understanding they needed to contribute to the improvement in the quality of education through investigating management issues and reflecting on professional practice, both their own and that of others. The final presentation of the course was February 2004, a 60 point course, at postgraduate level.

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      24+ hrs

      Level 3 Advanced

    • Teaching in Primary Schools: English

      Teaching in Primary Schools: English

      The booklet provided here formed part of the Primary Post Graduate Certificate in Education course which ran between 1994 and 1998. The Teaching in Primary School: English booklet was designed to help student teachers understand the issues surrounding teaching English to primary pupils and provide some strategies to aid their teaching.

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      24+ hrs

      Level 3 Advanced

    • Teaching in primary schools: mathematics

      Teaching in primary schools: mathematics

      The booklet provided here formed part of the Primary Post Graduate Certificate in Education course which ran between 1994 and 1998. The Teaching in Primary School: Mathematics booklet was designed to help student teachers understand the issues surrounding teaching mathematic to primary pupils and provide some strategies to aid their teaching.

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      24+ hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Learning to teach reading

      Learning to teach reading

      This material is taken from a discontinued Open University course. It is intended for re-purposing and re-use by educators rather than for use directly by learners. Learning outcomes appropriate to the original course may be provided within the material, but it is intended that educators will construct new learning outcomes appropriate to the re-use they make of this material.

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      24+ hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Mentoring in Primary Schools

      Mentoring in Primary Schools

      This material is taken from a discontinued Open University course. It is intended for re-purposing and re-use by educators rather than for use directly by learners. Learning outcomes appropriate to the original course may be provided within the material, but it is intended that educators will construct new learning outcomes appropriate to the re-use they make of this material.

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      24+ hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Masters Programme in Education

      Masters Programme in Education

      This compilation of materials is a valuable resource for postgraduation students involved in educational research, either from a professional or an academic standpoint.

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      24+ hrs

      Level 3 Advanced

    • Career and life planning workbook

      Career and life planning workbook

      You’d like to step back and take stock on your career and life to date, and decide which way your life should be going. This workbook allows you to review your current situation so that you can make informed and considered plans for the future.

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      15 hrs

      Level 0 Beginner