The Open University

The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning.
Since it began in 1969, the OU has taught more than 1.8 million students and has almost 250,000 current students, including more than 15,000 overseas. The OU is rated in the top five of UK universities for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey, since the survey began in 2005. In 2012/13 it had a 92% satisfaction rating. Over 70% of students are in full-time or part-time employment, and four out of five FTSE 100 companies have sponsored staff to take OU courses.
In the UK’s latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) the Open University was ranked in the top third of UK higher education institutions. More than 50% of OU research was assessed in the RAE as internationally excellent, with 14% as world leading.
Regarded as Britain’s major e-learning institution, the OU is a world leader in developing technology to increase access to education on a global scale. Its vast ‘open content portfolio’ includes free study units on OpenLearn, which has had more than 26.7 million visits, and materials on iTunes U, which has recorded more than 60 million downloads. The OU has a 41 year partnership with the BBC which has moved from late-night lectures in the 1970s to prime-time programmes such as Frozen Planet, Bang Goes the Theory, James May’s Big Ideas and The Money Programme.
More info: http://www.open.ac.uk/

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The Online Educator: People and Pedagogy (FutureLearn)

May 16th 2022
The Online Educator: People and Pedagogy (FutureLearn)
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Design engaging courses, make your teaching more inclusive, navigate online research ethics and shape your digital identity. Enhance your online teaching with strategies from educational technology experts. As e-learning becomes ever-more widespread, online educators are being required to design learning experiences that engage and meet the needs of very [...]

Leadership in Safeguarding in the International Aid Sector (FutureLearn)

May 9th 2022
Leadership in Safeguarding in the International Aid Sector (FutureLearn)
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Improve your leadership skills and organisational culture to help keep people safe. Develop your leadership skills and enhance organisational culture. There is a growing need to develop leadership skills and a culture of accountability within organisations working with vulnerable communities in the international aid [...]

Understanding Development Management (FutureLearn)

May 9th 2022
Understanding Development Management (FutureLearn)
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Build your knowledge of the development sector and discover how development can be managed with this online course. Get a taste of the Open University's Development Management degree. Development can mean different things to different people. For development managers around the world, it’s about the process of bringing about [...]

Forensic Psychology: Witness Investigation (FutureLearn)

Apr 18th 2022
Forensic Psychology: Witness Investigation (FutureLearn)
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How important are eyewitness testimonies in police investigations? Discover how forensic psychology prevents criminal injustice. Become a forensic psychologist and help solve crimes using eyewitness evidence. Have you ever questioned how reliable your own mind is? In this 8-week forensic psychology course, you’ll learn how the mind plays tricks [...]

Start Writing Fiction (FutureLearn)

Apr 11th 2022
Start Writing Fiction (FutureLearn)
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Get started with your own fiction writing, focusing on the central skill of creating characters, with this hands-on course. Discover the rituals and approaches that successful fiction writers use. On this online course, established writers – including Louis de Bernières, Patricia Duncker, Alex Garland, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Tim Pears, Michèle [...]

Implementing Safeguarding in the International Aid Sector (FutureLearn)

Mar 28th 2022
Implementing Safeguarding in the International Aid Sector (FutureLearn)
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Learn how to implement effective safeguarding measures in different programmatic contexts. Improve the safeguarding standards in your international aid organisation. Safeguarding is vital for protecting the children and vulnerable individuals that international aid organisations work with, as well as their staff and personnel from all forms of harm. This [...]

Investigating a Murder with Forensic Psychology (FutureLearn)

Mar 14th 2022
Investigating a Murder with Forensic Psychology (FutureLearn)
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Experience what it’s like to be a detective in a murder investigation as you learn how psychology can help crack the case. Explore applied psychology in the context of a criminal case. Psychology plays an important role in police enquiries. It can help build rapport, plan interviews, detect deception, [...]

Low-Budget Video Production: Visual Communication for Small Charities (FutureLearn)

Feb 21st 2022
Low-Budget Video Production: Visual Communication for Small Charities (FutureLearn)
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Understand how video can expand and enhance your organisation’s communications and develop practical skills for your productions. Learn how to produce your own low-budget video to convey your charity’s message. Small charities understand that to compete in a tough economic climate they should engage with digital media and video [...]

Moons (FutureLearn)

Explore the many moons of our Solar System. Find out what makes them special and ask whether we send humans to our Moon again. Discover the amazing diversity of moons in our Solar System. There are lots of moons in our Solar System. The Earth is the only planet [...]

Introduction to Safeguarding in the International Aid Sector (FutureLearn)

Jan 24th 2022
Introduction to Safeguarding in the International Aid Sector (FutureLearn)
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Become a safeguarding specialist and learn how to lead, develop, and implement a strong safeguarding policy in your organisation. Learn about safeguarding policies and procedures in the aid sector. This course will help those working in NGOs and development and humanitarian agencies to better understand the causes of harm, [...]