Progressing through the course

As you progress through the course you are invited to engage in reflection activities relevant to the course themes and learning outcomes. You can complete these activities in a couple of different ways: you can click on the activity material provided at each stage, or you can use My Reflection Log, a personal resource that allows you to collate in one document a record of your progress through the course as you undertake the various activities.

If you are participating in the course in your role as a support worker rather than as a carer, you may want to reflect on the experiences of the carers presented here. Alternatively, you may find that individual activities have a bearing on aspects of your own life and experience.

My Reflection Log

My Reflection Log can be downloaded and saved to your computer or to a memory stick. It might be helpful to download and save a copy now [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] . That way you’re ready to start. You can open and add to it whenever you want but always remember to ‘save’ every time you use it. You may find it useful to have two windows or two tabs open so you can navigate easily between the course and your Reflection Log.

Alternatively, you can print out the log and write down your thoughts by hand. Whichever way you choose, you will find it helpful to make notes as you work through the course.

Once you have completed the course your Reflection Log will provide a useful reference and basis for planning and taking your next steps, whatever they might be.

Badges and quizzes

At the end of Sessions 3 and 6 there is a practice quiz with questions based on the themes in this part of the course. The quizzes are optional but they are fun to do and can help to consolidate your learning. If you wish to gain a digital badge, you should attempt both practice quizzes. At the end of Session 7 there is a final quiz that you must complete successfully if you wish to gain your badge.

You can only take part in the Caring Counts quizzes if you enrol on the course. To enrol you’ll need to open an Open University account.

  1. If you already have an account, just click on ‘Sign in to enrol’ and enter your user name and password. If you don’t have an account, create your new account here.
  2. Follow the instructions, and once you have finished registration by reaching the My Account page simply close the browser window or tab.
  3. Then refresh THIS page to update your status so you can enrol.

What’s in the course?

The Caring Counts badge