4.2 Suggesting resources

Activity 10

Timing: (allow 30 minutes)

Have a look at the following example:

Robert hasn’t studied for 20 years since he left school, and feels he hasn’t had any experience with note-taking. He is worried that he won’t know which parts he should be concentrating on.


Initially, it would be useful for Robert to try the OpenLearn courses Reading and note-taking [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] , Learning how to learn, and Learning to learn to help with what he should be looking for when taking notes, and also to give him confidence in starting to think of himself as a learner again.

Now, take a look at the following three scenarios, and from looking through OpenLearn, The Open University courses and perhaps ‘Welcome to OpenLearn: Free learning from The Open University’, think of a suggestion(s) for further learning for each of the people in these scenarios.

You may wish to record this response in your learning log.

  • Scenario 1: Jim worries that his maths skills are a barrier to him gaining more responsibility at work as he will increasingly need to use and understand quantitative information. He does not want to spend months on a course but would like to have some credit for any learning he does. Which resources do you think would benefit Jim at this stage?
  • Scenario 2: Janet has always enjoyed reading fiction and has recently started to write. Which resources do you think would benefit Janet at this stage?
  • Scenario 3: Pawel’s qualifications and much of his experience have been gained abroad, so he feels that he does not always represent himself very well on CVs. He would like a way to identify for potential future employers what his skills are and how relevant they are to the workplace. Which resources do you think would benefit Pawel at this stage?

4.1 Learner experience and identifying relevant resources

5 Developing an action plan