Caring Counts in the Workplace (a reflection and planning course for managers and policy makers) is a new version of the original course Caring Counts: a self-reflection and planning course for carers. It has been adapted by The Open University in Scotland for managers and policy makers and is aimed at supporting carers in the workforce. We have developed this in collaboration with the Equal Partners in Care project (Scottish Social Services Council and NHS Education for Scotland) and with Carers Scotland.
This is a version of the OU Social Partnerships Network course 'Caring for Adults' for Wales.
SPN course Caring for adults is a course for carers, paid or unpaid, which looks at aspects of caring for adults in a range of settings including residential care, community and family caring.
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).
This is Welsh version of the OU Social Partnerships Network course 'Supporting children's development'
An overview of the Challenge Leader Training Day hosted by MRF
This free course, built around the findings of a DFID-ESRC funded project led by The Open University, considers the impact of the rise of China on Africa’s development through the lens of oil production.
Climate change is not going to happen alone. As our climate changes other global environmental problems are going to carry on occurring, such as habitat destruction, pollution, soil erosion and species extinctions. What we currently have very little understanding of is how all these things will interact in the future. Climate change may make some of these problems much worse and some of them may themselves contribute to climate change creating a feedback loop. This unit identifies several global change problems that may interact with climate change.
It is now universally recognised that human-induced climate change could have major adverse consequences for the world’s ecosystems and societies. Climate change is caused by the emission of greenhouse gases, which trap long-wave radiation in the upper atmosphere and consequently raise atmospheric temperatures. This also produces other changes in the climate system. Carbon dioxide is the most important of these gases and its atmospheric concentration has increased exponentially since the beginning of the industrial revolution as a result of fossil fuel combustion and land-use change. In 1800, the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide was about 280 parts per million; today it is about 350 ppm and rising. Similar increases have been observed for other greenhouse gases such as methane and nitrous oxide.
Climate change is defining a new legislative and policty agenda for the United Kingdom, the European Union and globally. Whilst the overall direction is not yet fully defined, there is now clear national and international momentum towards substantive economic and planning intervention to control emissions of greenhouse gases and encourage the use of low carbon alternatives. This unit considers national, regional and local policy and legislation in the UK and elsewhere.
This unit has been designed around Open Educational Resources (OER) with open content and open access whenever possible. Due to the ‘open’ nature of the resources there will be many differences in the style, appearance, and reliability of the resources, but these resources have been carefully selected to provide a useful educational starting-block for the study of this topic.
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.