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Here we have selected a range of free-online learning resources that are relevant to policing. These free resources are known as Open Education Resources (OERs) or Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), and can be used to support your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) or your general interest. These courses contain a mixture of resources including videos, audio, learning activities and interactive quizzes, along with the option to download iBook learning materials.

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Open Education Resources for Policing

These free resources are organised into categories aligned to the College of Policing Curriculum and in agreement with police experts. You can study them at any time and anywhere.

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  • Conversations and interviews

    What questions should you ask in interviews? In this course we focus on learning about, and so developing, skills in using particular inquiry methods connected to conversations and interviews. There are many ways of distinguishing between different methods of gathering information by asking people questions. In this course you will understand how to decide between the subtle different approaches needed of interviews.
    Tags: 
    Business Studies
    Management
    Interviews
    Conversations
    Study level: 
    Intermediate
    Duration: 
    5 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Developing good academic practice

    It’s important for you to understand the rules of the academic world right from the beginning of your studies. This course is intended to help you develop good academic practices in your studies and when producing assignments and completing assessments. Although designed as a course to work through, the content can also be used to dip in and out of, if you feel you need to improve your skills in a particular area.
    Tags: 
    Education
    Academic writing
    Plagiarism
    Referencing
    Collaboration
    Study level: 
    Intermediate
    Duration: 
    5 minutes
    Activity types: 
    Audio
    eBook
    Quiz
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Evaluating the quality of information using the mnemonic PROMPT

    The ever-increasing volume of online information available means it is important to think critically about what you find, especially if you are going to use it for study or work purposes. The OU Library has developed PROMPT, a way of evaluating any kind of information. You can use this structured method for evaluating any information you find online, and use it in your studies and beyond.
    Tags: 
    Evaluation
    Information
    Writing
    Reading
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    5 minutes
    Activity types: 
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OU Library Services
  • Introducing observational approaches in research with children and young people

    This course introduces you to analysing academic writing and, in particular, the way an article might be structured to clearly explain an investigation to other researchers. It explores observation of children and young people using qualitative observation approaches in small-scale studies.
    Tags: 
    Young People
    Skills for Learning
    Evidence-based Practice
    Achieving Evidence-based policing
    Study level: 
    Advanced
    Duration: 
    9 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Issues in research with children and young people

    Many people express their opinions about the lives of children and young people, whether from first-hand experience of their own families, from working with children or engaging with accounts in the media. This course considers how children and young people can be involved in the research process. Different definitions of research are explored through first-hand accounts by researchers across a range of disciplines and studies. Attention is drawn to the role of both researchers and participants.
    Tags: 
    children
    Childhood
    research
    Research methods
    Achieving Evidence-based policing
    Evidence-based Practice
    Study level: 
    Advanced
    Duration: 
    7 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Learning to learn: Exploring learning

    In this course we encourage you to consider two additional perspectives that can illuminate your learning. The first is the perspective that other people you know can provide; the second is the perspective that can be provided by academic theories about learning. We think that these two perspectives can help you prepare for personal change.
    Tags: 
    Learning
    Academic theories
    Knowledge
    Personal Development
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    8 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Psychological research, obedience and ethics

    This course teaches you about the importance of ethics in research that is undertaken by psychologists. You will read about the famous study on obedience conducted by Stanley Milgram, and watch two psychologists talk about their research with meerkats and chimpanzees. Giving you an understanding into the ethical issues concerning research involving non-human animals.
    Tags: 
    Psychological research
    obedience and ethics
    Milgram
    Ethics
    Animal Research
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    5 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Resources from Open University Library Services to help improve digital and information literacy skills

    Welcome to Safari, a guided expedition through the information world. This site has been designed to help you to improve your digital and information literacy skills. By working through the activities highlighted in the different sections, you will gain confidence in understanding and unpacking the information, searching for information, and evaluating and organising the information you find.
    Tags: 
    Information
    Searching Informaion
    Evaluating Information
    Images
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    14 hours
    Activity types: 
    Quiz
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OU Website
  • Understanding different research perspectives

    This course explores the development of the research process looking at the different perspectives from which an issue or phenomenon can be investigated, highlighting methodologies that can be used to investigate a business issue. This course will sustain the development of a research study.
    Tags: 
    research perspectives
    research questions
    research methodology
    research ethics
    research design
    Study level: 
    Advanced
    Duration: 
    9 hours
    Activity types: 
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn

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  • Business organisations and their environments: Culture

    We know that culture guides the way people behave in society as a whole. But culture also plays a key role in organisations, which have their own unique set of values, beliefs and ways of doing business. This course explores the concepts of national and organisational culture and the factors that influence both.
    Tags: 
    Business Organisations
    Business Culture
    Values
    Beliefs
    Hofstede
    Study level: 
    Intermediate
    Duration: 
    15 hours
    Activity types: 
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenDesign
  • Creating an ethical organisation

    Businesses are increasingly making explicit their commitment to dealing with ethical concerns. This course explores the business case for an ethical approach to human resources management, and examines whether a more 'human-centred' approach can bring dividends and how an ethical approach fits within an organisation's strategy.
    Tags: 
    Business Ethics
    Human Resources
    Human-centred
    Social Capital
    Study level: 
    Advanced
    Duration: 
    6 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Global Systems Science and Policy: an Introduction

    The science of epidemics is one of the successes of Global Systems Science (GSS) – an interdisciplinary approach to modeling the complex, multi-faceted and intertwined problems of the modern world. As its name suggests, most of those problems have a global context, but GSS addresses policy issues at all levels – from the individual to local communities to nations to regions. This course will help you understand the four main elements of GSS.
    Tags: 
    Complexity
    Policy
    Modelling
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    4 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Quiz
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    FutureLearn
  • Introducing a framework for strategy

    If you are currently engaged in strategic decision-making, or will be in the future, this course will stimulate your imagination and inform your judgement. An understanding of the frameworks of strategy and an ability to use them imaginatively will help your organisation survive in the longer-term and perform its role more effectively.
    Tags: 
    Management
    Strategy
    Decision-making
    Study level: 
    Advanced
    Duration: 
    10 hours
    Activity types: 
    Audio
    eBook
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Managing Complexity: A Systems Approach

    Do you need to change the way you think when faced with a complex situation? This course that examines how systemic thinking and practice enables you to cope with the connections between things, events and ideas. By taking a broader perspective complexity becomes manageable and it is easier to accept that gaps in knowledge can be acceptable.
    Tags: 
    Computing
    IT
    System Thinking
    Complexity
    Practice
    Study level: 
    Advanced
    Duration: 
    20 hours
    Activity types: 
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Social Marketing

    From concerns about sustainability and the future of the planet to the introduction of smoking bans, there is a growing recognition that social marketing has a role to play in achieving a wide range of social goals. This course examines the nature of social marketing and how the adoption of marketing concepts, frameworks and techniques developed for commercial markets can be applied to the solution of social problems.
    Tags: 
    Social marketing
    Communications
    Consumer Behaviour
    Branding
    Marketing
    Study level: 
    Advanced
    Duration: 
    8 hours
    Activity types: 
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Systems thinking and practice

    What is systems thinking and practice? The essence of systems thinking and practice is in ‘seeing’ the world in a particular way, because how you ‘see’ things affects the way you approach situations or undertake specific tasks. This course will help you to learn about the problems of defining a system and meet some of the key concepts used in systems theory: boundary, environment, positive and negative feedback, etc.
    Tags: 
    Computing
    IT
    System Thinking
    Practice
    Study level: 
    Intermediate
    Duration: 
    8 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • The concept of innovation

    Just what is innovation? This course examines the key issues surrounding the concept of innovation within organisations. What is the difference between innovation and invention? How are organisations affected by innovation, and are all of the outcomes positive? You will learn how to analyse this concept and its impact on resources, capabilities and competencies.
    Tags: 
    Business Studies
    Management
    Innovation
    Study level: 
    Intermediate
    Duration: 
    3 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • The public policy-action relationship

    Much literature on the public policy process focuses narrowly on the policy-making part. This course aims to widen the focus to examine the implementation phase, and how change happens as a result of new policies: that is, policy action relationship. It does this by looking at four different models of how this relationship can work, through examples from varying fields. .
    Tags: 
    Management
    Policy
    Governance
    Politics
    Study level: 
    Advanced
    Duration: 
    7 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • What is strategy?

    This course comprises two parts. In the first part, the concept of strategy is defined and the strategy-related vocabulary spanning such terms as mission, vision, aims and objectives, is introduced. The second part centres on examining Henry Mintzberg’s five Ps framework. A particular emphasis is made on practitioner views of strategy as well as application of its major theoretical advances in professional life.
    Tags: 
    Management
    Strategy
    Mintzberg Framework
    Study level: 
    Advanced
    Duration: 
    5 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn

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  • Global Systems Science and Policy: an Introduction

    The science of epidemics is one of the successes of Global Systems Science (GSS) – an interdisciplinary approach to modeling the complex, multi-faceted and intertwined problems of the modern world. As its name suggests, most of those problems have a global context, but GSS addresses policy issues at all levels – from the individual to local communities to nations to regions. This course will help you understand the four main elements of GSS.
    Tags: 
    Complexity
    Policy
    Modelling
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    4 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Quiz
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    FutureLearn
  • Introducing ICT systems

    Information and communication technologies (ICTs) systems now dominate our everyday lives. This free course will explain what constitutes such a system and how ICT systems work. You will also look at how ICT systems convey, store and manipulate data, and how they process data. Finally, using the example of a supermarket, we will analyse how ICT systems are used.
    Tags: 
    Computing
    ICT
    Technology
    Networks
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    9 hours
    Activity types: 
    Audio
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Introduction to Cybersecurity

    As our lives increasingly depend on digital services, the need to protect our information from being maliciously disrupted or misused is really important. This course will help you to understand online security and start to protect your digital life, whether at home or work. You will learn how to recognise the threats that could harm you online and the steps you can take to reduce the chances that they will happen to you.
    Tags: 
    Cybersecurity
    Computers
    Malware
    Trojans
    Viruses
    Online Security
    MOOCs
    MOOC
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    24 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Quiz
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    FutureLearn
  • Managing the software enterprise: The organisational and business context

    This course draws on basic ideas from organisational theory and management. We see how organisational practices become embodied in IT systems, practices that had previously been part of people’s tacit expertise become externalised and codified in procedures and software. The software and its relationship to the organisation are constantly changing as part of a process of organisational learning.
    Tags: 
    Management
    IT
    Technology
    Organisations
    Computing
    Study level: 
    Advanced
    Duration: 
    5 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Smart Cities

    Cities are incubators of innovation and opportunities, but they also face great challenges, such as rapid urbanisations, climate change and inequality. How can smart cities address these challenges and become more resilient? This course will help you to navigate your own path though the complex landscape of smart cities. You will be expected to spend around 3 hours a week over this 8-week course.
    Tags: 
    Cities
    People
    Privacy
    Ethics
    Security
    Crowdsourcing
    MOOCs
    MOOC
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    24 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Quiz
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    FutureLearn
  • Systems thinking and practice

    What is systems thinking and practice? The essence of systems thinking and practice is in ‘seeing’ the world in a particular way, because how you ‘see’ things affects the way you approach situations or undertake specific tasks. This course will help you to learn about the problems of defining a system and meet some of the key concepts used in systems theory: boundary, environment, positive and negative feedback, etc.
    Tags: 
    Computing
    IT
    System Thinking
    Practice
    Study level: 
    Intermediate
    Duration: 
    8 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Using a computer for study

    The internet is a fantastic and integral source of information for any students to learn about their subject, contact one another, and find resources. But how do you evaluate the information each site provides? This free course will help you assess the benefits of information technology, providing guidance on the protocols for using email, online conferencing and real time chat as methods of communication.
    Tags: 
    Computing
    ICT
    Communication
    internet
    Online
    Seraching
    Writing
    Evaluating
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    6 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn

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  • Crimes of the powerful

    This course examines the complexities of, and barriers to, setting new criminological research agendas by considering the difficulties associated with conducting research on crimes of the powerful.
    Tags: 
    Criminology Research
    crime
    Power
    Criminal justice
    Study level: 
    Advanced
    Duration: 
    2 hours
    Activity types: 
    Audio
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Doing prison: Experiences of women in the UK prison system

    Ethnographic research is concerned with the lived experiences of participants’ in different social groups or settings, and has been central to sociological understandings of imprisonment since the 1940s. Over eight months in 2007-8, Abigail Rowe conducted an ethnographic study in two UK women’s prisons, spending time exploring the experiences of female prisoners. This article shares some of her findings.
    Tags: 
    Law
    People
    Politics
    Prisons
    Women
    Ethnographic
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    10 minutes
    Activity types: 
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Doing prison: Experiences of women in the UK prison system - OpenLearn - Open University

    Ethnographic research is concerned with the lived experiences of participants’ in different social groups or settings, and has been central to sociological understandings of imprisonment since the 1940s. Over eight months in 2007-8, Abigail Rowe conducted an ethnographic study in two UK women’s prisons, spending time exploring the experiences of female prisoners. This article shares some of her findings.
    Tags: 
    Law
    People
    Politics
    Prisons
    Women
    Ethnographic
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    10 minutes
    Activity types: 
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Finding the Truth

    Have you watched enough CSI to know what constitutes as good forensic evidence? Are you a believer of 'don't do the crime if you can't do the time'? How much do you know about workplace accidents? Or perhaps you have other beliefs about the criminal justice system and want to find out more? Step into three very different and immersive stories to find out what you really know about crime.
    Tags: 
    crime
    Forensic
    Psychology
    Evidence
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    30 minutes
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Forensic Psychology: Witness Investigation

    Explore how your own mind works, and discover how the limitations of the human brain can lead to major miscarriages of justice. Using videos of real witnesses and from cameras that go behind the scenes of police investigations, this course explores the psychology of eyewitness testimony. You are expected to spend around 3 hours of your time a week, over this 8 week course.
    Tags: 
    Science
    Forensic
    Pscyhology
    Eyewitness
    Statement
    MOOCs
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    24 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Quiz
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    FutureLearn
  • Forensic science and fingerprints

    Fingerprints are unique and easily left on a variety of surfaces making them an invaluable aid to solving crimes. This course covers how science can make fingerprints easier to study, how they are used in court and some of the questions about the extent to which fingerprint identification is sound and scientific. Students will learn the principles used in classifying and matching fingerprints (often called marks).
    Tags: 
    Forensic Science
    Fingerprints
    Forensics
    Evidence
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    10 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • The science behind forensics

    The impression often given from TV detective programmes like Silent Witness, or Waking the Dead, that forensic science can unlock the story behind every crime. In this article Allan Jamieson, Director of the Forensic Institute, Glasgow, says “Forensic science is just recent archaeology”, and explains how the same science can solve recent crimes and shed light on the past.
    Tags: 
    Forensic Science
    Forensics Evidence
    crime
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    15 minutes
    Activity types: 
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • What is forensic science?

    We've all seen CSI, but what exactly is forensic science?  Forensic science, or forensics, is the application of science to establish how historical events occurred and thereby provide impartial evidence that can be used in a court of law. In this article, Dr Martin Bootman, Reader in Life Science Research at The Open University, provides and explanation an overview of forensic science.
    Tags: 
    Forensic Science
    Forensics
    Evidence
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    10 minutes
    Activity types: 
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Why people buy counterfeit brands

    A key to combating counterfeit brands may lie in understanding why people buy them. There is a considerable amount of research into why people buy counterfeit brands and the types of people who may be more willing to buy them. Dr. Haider Ali from Department of Strategy and Marketing at The Open University, provides a brief overview into why consumers willing purchase counterfeit products.
    Tags: 
    Law
    Criminology
    Counterfeit
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    5 minutes
    Activity types: 
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn

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  • Cybercrime: What does it mean?

    Explore different types of cybercrime with this collection of seven animated videos. These short 1 minute videos provide short overviews of various cybercrime themes, ranging from how the online criminal enterprise works, websites that sell stolen credit cards, the strange new bitcoin currency, devious computer worms, insights into global mass surveillance and common online scams.
    Tags: 
    Computing
    Technology
    Criminology
    Cybercrime
    Hakers
    Surveillence
    Scams
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    8 minutes
    Activity types: 
    Video
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Introduction to Cybersecurity

    As our lives increasingly depend on digital services, the need to protect our information from being maliciously disrupted or misused is really important. This course will help you to understand online security and start to protect your digital life, whether at home or work. You will learn how to recognise the threats that could harm you online and the steps you can take to reduce the chances that they will happen to you.
    Tags: 
    Cybersecurity
    Computers
    Malware
    Trojans
    Viruses
    Online Security
    MOOCs
    MOOC
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    24 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Quiz
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    FutureLearn
  • Mass surveillance will never be able to stop all known terrorists

    After three deranged men murdered 17 people in Paris, millions took to the streets to express solidarity with the victims’ families and friends. Social media was alive with defences of freedom of speech and freedom from tyranny. In this article Ray Corrigan, Senior Lecturer in Technology at The Open University asks the question: Is mass surveillance the answer to stopping known terrorists.
    Tags: 
    People
    Politics
    Surveillance
    Technology
    Terriorists
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    10 minutes
    Activity types: 
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Technology and trust

    The increased use of CCTV surveillance cameras has been, we are assured, for public. But what does the increasing surveillance of our personal movement say about trust in our society? Do we need such a level of transparency to ensure public safety? This short article discusses how technology is infringing on our lives creating a growing concern for our personal privacy and trust.
    Tags: 
    Computing
    Technology
    Trust
    Surveillance
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    5 minutes
    Activity types: 
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn

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  • Introduction to law in Wales

    This course explores the law-making powers of the Welsh Assembly, the administration of justice in Wales and the history and evolution of law in Wales. You will explore the process of devolution, understand the relationship between the Welsh Assembly and UK Parliament and show an awareness of the on-going development in relation to a Welsh jurisdiction.
    Tags: 
    Welsh Law
    Welsh Assembly
    Devolution
    Referendum
    Wales
    Study level: 
    Intermediate
    Duration: 
    8 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Rights and justice in international relations

    Can the concept of human rights be applied across borders or are rights culturally specific? Is it realistic, or even desirable, to aim at an international system based on universal principles of justice? This course takes a critical view of the assumption that 'rights are a good thing' and looks at the problems that arise when they are applied in the international arena.
    Tags: 
    Justice
    Human Rights
    International Relations
    Study level: 
    Advanced
    Duration: 
    13 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • What is the role of the barrister?

    The position of a barrister is crucial in the justice process. A panel of different experts explains why in a 10-minute video discussion. The panel includes a mixture of academics from the Open University, a High Court judge, a Queens Council and a scholarship student.
    Tags: 
    Legal System
    Law
    Barrister
    Justice
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    10 minutes
    Activity types: 
    Audio
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • What makes a good judge?

    The figure who must ensure that both sides feel the justice process is fair. But what does that entail? A mixed panel of academics, judges and experts discuss what makes a good judge. The panel includes two academics from the Open University, a High Court judge, a Queens Council and a scholarship student.
    Tags: 
    Legal System
    Law
    Judge
    Justice
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    10 minutes
    Activity types: 
    Audio
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • What makes the legal system just?

    If a legal system is to dispense justice, it must be just. How do you create that in the courts? This is discussed in a 10-minute video discussion between a mixture of academics from the Open University, a High Court judge, a Queens Council and a scholarship student.
    Tags: 
    Legal System
    Law
    Justice
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    10 minutes
    Activity types: 
    Audio
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • What's your verdict?

    What exactly is 'justice'? Follow this fictional case and see if you can make judgements based on the facts as they are presented to you. This interactive video gives you the chance to hear the prosecution and defence, and then determine whether you think the defendant is guilty or not guilty. At the end you will be able to find if the other jurors agree with you.
    Tags: 
    Law
    People
    Politics
    Criminology
    Justice
    Verdict
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    30 minutes
    Activity types: 
    Quiz
    Video
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn

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  • An Introduction to Public Leadership

    Leadership has been studied for centuries, although its examination in modern times has largely focused on the work of senior executives in private sector, profit-making organisations. In this free online course, you will learn more about leadership in the context of public service provision, by public sector organisations, community and voluntary groups, and political bodies.
    Tags: 
    Management
    Leadership
    Public Leadership
    MOOC
    MOOCs
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    9 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Quiz
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    FutureLearn
  • Completing the project

    This course will examine the issues that arise in bringing a project to a close, and ways of evaluating a project on its completion. The key components of project closure will be discussed, along with their importance in ensuring that the aims and objectives of a project have been successfully attained. After studying this course, you will be able to plan an effective project closure.
    Tags: 
    Management
    Project
    Evaluation
    Project Management
    Study level: 
    Advanced
    Duration: 
    8 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Discovering development management

    This course sets out to build up the basic capacities for managing the multiple challenges of development. It rests on the assumption that management is a political and ethical process, a matter of the use of power to bring about desired goals in contexts characterised by conflicts of interests, values and agendas.
    Tags: 
    Management
    Development Management
    Complexity
    (CoDE) framework
    Study level: 
    Advanced
    Duration: 
    3 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Facilitating learning in practice

    Are you interested in mentorship or looking to develop your mentorship skills? In particular, are you involved in mentorship? If so, then this free 8-week course is for you. The course explores the principles and best practices underpinning mentorship. The authors draw on their experience in nursing to help you develop your knowledge, understanding and skills of mentorship practice that can be applied to many workplace environments.
    Tags: 
    Learning
    Practice
    Mentor
    Teaching
    Assessment
    Study level: 
    Intermediate
    Duration: 
    24 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Quiz
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Implementing the project

    Day-to-day monitoring of a project is essential to ensure that work is progressing according to the plan, and it will often be necessary to review and revise the plan as circumstances change. This course will introduce some of the key techniques that help managers to monitor and control projects, and consider what approaches work best in particular circumstances.
    Tags: 
    Management
    Project
    Implementation
    Communications
    Monitor
    Study level: 
    Advanced
    Duration: 
    8 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Integrated safety, health and environmental management: An introduction

    Life is full of risk. This free course introduces 'risk' and looks at the management of emergencies and disasters. ‘Risk’ can be described as the probability and consequences of harm or, at worst, disaster. Risk management involves many stakeholders and integrated management systems which help to ensure that safety, quality, environmental and business risks are all managed correctly.
    Tags: 
    Management
    Enviromental
    Health
    Safety
    Risk
    Emergencies
    Study level: 
    Advanced
    Duration: 
    15 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Integrated safety, health and environmental management: An introduction

    Life is full of risk. In this introductory course 'risk' describes the probability and consequences of harm or, at worst, disaster. Risk management involves many stakeholders and integrated management systems help to ensure that safety, quality, environmental and business risks are all managed correctly. The course also looks at emergency preparedness, that is, the management of emergencies and disasters.
    Tags: 
    Environmental Management
    Safety
    Risk Management
    Health and Safety
    Emergencies
    Disasters
    Study level: 
    Advanced
    Duration: 
    15 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Key skill assessment unit: Working with others

    Working effectively with other people in a group or a team is a skill that community, educational organisations and employers value. Developing your skills means thinking about and planning the tasks the group needs to do, negotiating with others to develop shared goals and purpose, collaborating to achieve agreed results and then reviewing the approach.
    Tags: 
    Team Work
    Collaborating
    working with others
    problem solving
    complex problems
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    50 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Lead and manage change in health and social care

    Change is everywhere in health and social care work and can evoke a variety of emotions, from excitement and eager anticipation, to fear and outright hostility. In this course you will explore and appreciate more fully the role of managers in the change process, understand the skills required for managing and leading change, along with outlining a personal change management strategy in your own workplace.
    Tags: 
    Change Management
    Mental Health
    Social Care
    Management
    Study level: 
    Advanced
    Duration: 
    7 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Management and Leadership: Growing as a Manager

    This free online course provides an introduction to the foundation skills and knowledge that you need when becoming a manager. It defines the concepts of management and leadership, and explores the different management and learning styles. The course is designed for new or aspiring managers, who wish to supplement their experience with formal training and support their continuing professional development.
    Tags: 
    Management
    Leadership
    Decision-making
    Evidence
    Stakeholders
    MOOC
    MOOCs
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    12 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Quiz
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    FutureLearn
  • Management and Leadership: Leading a Team

    This course is all about what’s core to leading and managing in organisations. Building relationships with interested groups and people is important. So too is time spent on planning. Without the right person performing as well as they can, plans don’t get off the ground. So building, supporting, growing and developing a team is much of what leading and managing is all about.
    Tags: 
    Management
    Leadership
    Team-building
    Teams
    Planning
    MOOC
    MOOCs
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    12 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Quiz
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    FutureLearn
  • Managing and managing people

    This course will introduce you to the world of management. We will be looking at a range of topics, including what managers do, what skills they require, and how you can develop as a manager. You will also gain an understanding of managerial effectiveness and be able to understand the importance of time managed along with the cause of stress in managerial life
    Tags: 
    Management
    Organisation
    Performance
    Time Management
    Study level: 
    Advanced
    Duration: 
    8 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Managing projects through people

    The importance of managing people for the success of a project cannot be underestimated. The aim of this course is to identify how particular groups and individuals involved in a project can be handled. It will identify the skills that are most important in managing people involved in a project, and considers ways in which their contribution might be maximised.
    Tags: 
    Management
    Project
    People
    Groups
    Study level: 
    Advanced
    Duration: 
    8 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Motivation and factors affecting motivation

    This course explores the term 'motivation' and factors affecting motivation. This includes looking at the most influential theories of motivation that contribute to understanding the causes of motivation. The motivation of sports people and people working in sport and fitness environments are used to help understand the theories presented.
    Tags: 
    Motivation
    Theories of Motivation
    Personality
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    5 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Planning a project

    This course will help you to develop the skills required when planning a project. You web be introduced to a number of tools and techniques to aid planning, such as Gantt charts, critical path analysis, SMART objectives and estimation skills. You will gain an appreciation of the range of planning techniques available and the situations in which it is appropriate to use them..
    Tags: 
    Management
    Project
    Planning
    Scheduling
    Study level: 
    Advanced
    Duration: 
    8 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Preparing a project

    Managing projects is something most managers will find themselves doing at some point in their career. This course aims to provide an overview of the features of a project and the issues that arise in managing a project. It will help you identify the main features of a project and will use a number of management approaches that have proven effective in managing projects.
    Tags: 
    Management
    Project
    Planning
    Study level: 
    Advanced
    Duration: 
    8 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Quiz
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Project management: the start of the project journey

    This course introduces projects; what they are and how they come about as a result of ideas, responses to problems and planning. It explores the role of key players including the project manager, how feasibility studies are conducted, the use of decision making tools, and looks at various ways of organising the life cycle of projects.
    Tags: 
    Management
    Project Management
    Decision-making
    Planning
    Study level: 
    Advanced
    Duration: 
    35 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Working in groups and teams

    Being able to work with people so that the right things happen is a core management skill, requiring leadership and group facilitation. This course explores team working from start to finish. It looks at how successful teams are created, roles within a team, the life cycle of a team, how to manage conflict within teams and evaluating team performance.
    Tags: 
    Management
    Teams
    Leadership
    Groups
    Conflict
    Performance
    Study level: 
    Advanced
    Duration: 
    8 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Workplace learning with coaching and mentoring

    You will consider theoretical and practical issues in planning and managing learning and talent development programmes in your organisation. You will explore ideas about coaching and mentoring. You will learn how different learning theories and philosophies become concrete in the practical decisions you make about learning and talent development.
    Tags: 
    Workplace Learning
    Mentoring
    Coaching
    Learning Theory
    Reflection
    Training Needs Assessment
    Training
    Study level: 
    Advanced
    Duration: 
    9 hours
    Activity types: 
    Audio
    eBook
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn

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  • Business Fundamentals: Effective Communication

    Faced with a daily deluge of information, we have never had greater need of clear communication skills. This course offers you a practical grounding in using a range of communication media, which will boost your personal effectiveness, save you time and reduce your stress levels. You will develop communication approaches that are sensitive to cultural and personal difference and are tailored to the occasion.
    Tags: 
    Business
    Management
    Communication
    Communication Skills
    MOOC
    MOOCs
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    12 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Quiz
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    Future Learn
  • Business Fundamentals: Effective Networking

    Networking is a fundamental skill, which will help you take control of your career. This course introduces the principles of networking as a fundamental skill to help develop your personal brand in the world of work. You will cover strategies for self-presentation, keeping in touch with your connections and ensuring that your networking relationships are based on mutual benefit and trust.
    Tags: 
    Business
    Management
    Networking
    Professional Development
    CPD
    MOOC
    MOOCs
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    12 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Quiz
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    FutureLearn
  • Facilitating group discussions

    Gain an insight into facilitating meetings and discussions in the workplace. In this course you will look at what is meant by ‘facilitation’ and identify some of the behaviours effective facilitators’ exhibit. Informative and engaging videos will introduce you to examples of facilitation in practice. You will be able to assess your preferred facilitation style and develop your skills to become more effective in this role.
    Tags: 
    Management
    Discussions
    Groups
    Facilitation
    Meetings
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    2 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Facilitating learning in practice

    Are you interested in mentorship or looking to develop your mentorship skills? In particular, are you involved in mentorship? If so, then this free 8-week course is for you. The course explores the principles and best practices underpinning mentorship. The authors draw on their experience in nursing to help you develop your knowledge, understanding and skills of mentorship practice that can be applied to many workplace environments.
    Tags: 
    Learning
    Practice
    Mentor
    Teaching
    Assessment
    Study level: 
    Intermediate
    Duration: 
    24 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Quiz
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Key skill assessment unit: Working with others

    Working effectively with other people in a group or a team is a skill that community, educational organisations and employers value. Developing your skills means thinking about and planning the tasks the group needs to do, negotiating with others to develop shared goals and purpose, collaborating to achieve agreed results and then reviewing the approach.
    Tags: 
    Team Work
    Collaborating
    working with others
    problem solving
    complex problems
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    50 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Learning how to learn

    Learning how to learn: a process we all engage in throughout our lives, but no single method of learning guarantees success. This course aims to make the process of learning much more explicit by inviting you to apply various ideas and activities to your own study as a way of increasing your awareness of your own learning. Most learning has to be an active process and this is particularly true of learning how to learn.
    Tags: 
    Learning
    Personal Development
    Goals
    Reflecting
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    6 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    LDT101_3
  • Learning to change

    This course is for people who are thinking about making changes in their lives, such as returning to study or taking a different direction at work. It will help you build on what you already know; consider the choices open to you; use your skills and qualities to achieve change; and make plans for the future.
    Tags: 
    Learning
    Change
    Study
    Reflecting
    Mentoring
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    100 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Learning to Learn

    Learning and change can mean big decisions and asking important questions. This course is a friendly starting point introducing a range of key ideas to help you consider what you want to do with your life and learn, by suggesting ways of building on and 'fine-tuning' your own expertise and encouraging you to think of yourself as a learner.
    Tags: 
    Learning
    Change
    Decisions
    Mentoring
    Personal Development
    Goals
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    80 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Learning to learn: Exploring learning

    In this course we encourage you to consider two additional perspectives that can illuminate your learning. The first is the perspective that other people you know can provide; the second is the perspective that can be provided by academic theories about learning. We think that these two perspectives can help you prepare for personal change.
    Tags: 
    Learning
    Academic theories
    Knowledge
    Personal Development
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    8 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Succeed with learning

    This course takes your life as a starting point, developing your awareness of just how much you have already learning and what you are capable of. It will suggest ways of ‘fine-tuning’, and building on, the expertise you have developed in your life. You will also learn some interesting theories about how we learn, and some of the key skills and tools to may your learning a success.
    Tags: 
    Learning
    IT
    Reflection
    Skills
    Knowledge
    Communication
    Mind-maps
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    24 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Quiz
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Taking your first steps into higher education

    What is university study like? Is it for me? If you are asking yourself these questions, this badged course is for you. It provides and overview of higher education and gives insights into how subjects are studied at university. This introduction to carefully selected materials helps you decide what you might want to study. You will be looking at three main areas: arts and humanities, the social sciences and maths, technology and science.
    Tags: 
    Education
    University
    Learning
    Humanities
    Social Science
    Science
    Technology
    Maths
    Work
    Diversity
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    24 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Quiz
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Working life and learning

    What is your experience of work and what have you learned from this experience? This course will enable you to reflect upon what you have learned from work and will support you in improving how you learn at work. It will encourage you to think critically about work-based learning and review your own professional knowledge and skills.
    Tags: 
    Management
    Work
    Learning
    Performance
    Practice
    Reflection
    Study level: 
    Intermediate
    Duration: 
    25 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Workplace learning with coaching and mentoring

    You will consider theoretical and practical issues in planning and managing learning and talent development programmes in your organisation. You will explore ideas about coaching and mentoring. You will learn how different learning theories and philosophies become concrete in the practical decisions you make about learning and talent development.
    Tags: 
    Workplace Learning
    Mentoring
    Coaching
    Learning Theory
    Reflection
    Training Needs Assessment
    Training
    Study level: 
    Advanced
    Duration: 
    9 hours
    Activity types: 
    Audio
    eBook
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn

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  • Children and young people’s participation

    Listening to children is a first step in the participation agenda, which is reasonably well established. By contrast, enabling children to share in decision making lags some way behind. This course emphasises that the adoption of an integrated approach to participation by different sectors of the children's workforce is of crucial importance.
    Tags: 
    children
    Young People
    Study level: 
    Advanced
    Duration: 
    12 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Discovering disorder: young people and delinquency

    This course introduces two approaches to understanding juvenile delinquency. The psychological approach focuses on examining what makes some individuals, but not others, behave badly. The sociological approach looks at why some individuals and some behaviours are defined as disorderly.
    Tags: 
    Child protection
    Child psychology
    Childhood
    Childhood studies
    Young People
    Youth
    Psychology
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    8 hours
    Activity types: 
    Audio
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Homelessness and need

    The majority of people who sleep on the streets, in hostels and night shelters are men. However, the number of younger women, in these circumstances has increased. They are often people with complex care and support needs, which go way beyond the provision of accommodation. But, as you will learn in this course, complex needs are both a cause and a product of homelessness.
    Tags: 
    Psychology
    Social Care
    Homelessness
    Study level: 
    Intermediate
    Duration: 
    1 hour
    Activity types: 
    Audio
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Modern Slavery

    Although slavery was abolished in the nineteenth century, it continues in the modern world. This course focuses on modern slavery, such as THB (Trafficking in Human Beings), child slavery (bonded labour) and other forms of forced labour. Through example case studies you will consider some examples of modern slavery in relation to the human rights law.
    Tags: 
    Slavery
    Human Rights
    Human Trafficking
    Forced Labour
    Bonded Labour
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    15 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Retiring lives? Old age, work and welfare

    Retirement, pensions, care homes old age may not be as rosy as we think. This course looks at old age, taking us from the Workhouse to the basic state pension. Why are people expected to stop work at a certain age and what impact does this have on their lives?
    Tags: 
    POld age
    Work and Welfare
    Pensions
    Policies
    Study level: 
    Advanced
    Duration: 
    10 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Slavery and the North of England

    Did the North of England become prosperous on the back of the slave trade? African slaves were central to the production of sugar, tobacco and other tropical crops grown in overseas British plantations. Melinda Elder examines the impact of the overseas trade on the ports of Lancaster, Liverpool and Whitehaven.
    Tags: 
    Slavery
    Lancaster
    Liverpool
    Whitehaven
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    10 minutes
    Activity types: 
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Slavery: The Abolition of The Slave Trade Act

    A rare look into the role of people in Ireland in both the perpetuation and abolition of the slave trade. Historian and academic, Nini Rodgers, guides you though the growth of the Irish Anti-Slavery Movement to its final abolition and legacy, reflecting on modern slavery: the bondage and barbarism of Human Trafficking.
    Tags: 
    Slavery
    Ireland
    The Slave Trade Act
    Human Trafficking
    Bonded Labour
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    2 hours
    Activity types: 
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Social care in the community

    Social care involves the challenge of supporting people who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to function without assistance or supervision. This course focuses on one important area of social care, home care for older people. You will explore social care, a major area of provision in health and social care. All societies face the challenge of supporting people who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to function without assistance or supervision.
    Tags: 
    Social Care
    Health
    Community
    Community care
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    3 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Social problems: Who makes them?

    Anti-social behaviour, homelessness, drugs, and mental illness: all problems in today's society. But what makes a problem social? This course will help you to discover how these issues are identified, defined, given meaning and acted upon. You will also look at the conflicts within social science in this area, through examples of inequalities that result from particular social constructions.
    Tags: 
    Social Science
    Mental Health
    Homelessness
    Anti-social
    Poverty
    Ideology
    Study level: 
    Intermediate
    Duration: 
    20 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • The Big Question: Can we ever beat slavery?

    Despite numerous laws and international conventions to outlaw it, slavery appears to be thriving. Millions of people around the world are held as slave workers, under the UN High Commissioner for Refugees' modern definitions of slavery. That's more, in fact, than at the height of the transatlantic slave trade in the late eighteenth century. Today's Big Question is "Can we ever get rid of slavery?"
    Tags: 
    Radio
    Migration
    Work
    Slavery
    Human Trafficking
    Bonded Labour
    The Big Question
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    5 minutes
    Activity types: 
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • What children and young people say

    This course looks at how practitioners and other adults talk to children and young people, and considers how this influences what they tell us. It identifies how children and young people would prefer to be engaged with, what would encourage their confidence in authority figures, and outlines the ways in which adults can improve on their listening techniques.
    Tags: 
    children
    Childhood studies
    Young People
    Psychology
    Child psychology
    Study level: 
    Intermediate
    Duration: 
    3 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn

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  • Forensic psychology

    Explore how your own mind works, and discover how the limitations of the human brain can lead to major miscarriages of justice. Using videos of real witnesses and from cameras that go behind the scenes of a police investigation, this course explores the psychology of eyewitness testimony. It will test your own cognitive skills, as you try to solve a crime using nothing but evidence from eyewitnesses.
    Tags: 
    Psychology
    Forensic
    Eyewitness
    Statement
    Interviewing
    Identification
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    24 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Quiz
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Forensic Psychology: Witness Investigation

    Explore how your own mind works, and discover how the limitations of the human brain can lead to major miscarriages of justice. Using videos of real witnesses and from cameras that go behind the scenes of police investigations, this course explores the psychology of eyewitness testimony. You are expected to spend around 3 hours of your time a week, over this 8 week course.
    Tags: 
    Science
    Forensic
    Pscyhology
    Eyewitness
    Statement
    MOOCs
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    24 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Quiz
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    FutureLearn
  • Making decisions

    Do you hate making decisions? Does the ability of others to make snap decisions really frustrate you? This course will help you to think in broad ways about how you and others take decisions. It will help you understand the process involved in decision-making, with attention to the psychology of decision-making and social context in which decisions are made.
    Tags: 
    Management
    Leadership
    Decision-making
    Study level: 
    Advanced
    Duration: 
    4 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Minds and mental phenomena: An introduction

    This course examines the philosophical questions surrounding the mind. You will examine how beliefs have changed over the centuries and be able to contrast the views of Descartes with more modern ideas. The course considers what is involved in having a mind, whether there are different kinds of minds, and whether there is some characteristic that is shared by all mental phenomena.
    Tags: 
    Philosophy
    Mind
    Descartes
    Plato
    Study level: 
    Advanced
    Duration: 
    20 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Motivation and factors affecting motivation

    This course explores the term 'motivation' and factors affecting motivation. This includes looking at the most influential theories of motivation that contribute to understanding the causes of motivation. The motivation of sports people and people working in sport and fitness environments are used to help understand the theories presented.
    Tags: 
    Motivation
    Theories of Motivation
    Personality
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    5 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Psychological research, obedience and ethics

    This course teaches you about the importance of ethics in research that is undertaken by psychologists. You will read about the famous study on obedience conducted by Stanley Milgram, and watch two psychologists talk about their research with meerkats and chimpanzees. Giving you an understanding into the ethical issues concerning research involving non-human animals.
    Tags: 
    Psychological research
    obedience and ethics
    Milgram
    Ethics
    Animal Research
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    5 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Starting with psychology

    Humans are a puzzle, one that is complex, subtle and multi-layered, and it gets even more complicated as we evolve over time and change within different contexts. Psychologists have put forward a range of explanations about why people feel, think and behave the way they do. New evidence is evolving all the time, making it difficult to pin down all the many influences; this course makes a start.
    Tags: 
    Psychology
    People
    Relationships
    Groups
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    5 hours
    Activity types: 
    Audio
    eBook
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Themes in discourse research: The case of Diana

    This course introduces some of the main themes and issues in discourse research using Martin Bashir's famous interview with Diana, Princess of Wales as a case study. Through this it examines the role of discourse in shaping social interaction and its psychological implications for the study of minds, selves and sense-making. The course aims to demonstrate that in studying discourse we cannot help but study social life.
    Tags: 
    Discourse Analysis
    research
    Social Interactions
    Study level: 
    Advanced
    Duration: 
    4 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Working with Dilemmas

    Dilemmas are part of the fabric of organisational and individual life, often presented as the choice between two (or more) equally compelling propositions. In this course you will explore the extent to which dilemmas are treated as choices between two extremes, and how the response to and resolution of dilemmas can move beyond binary choices to the reconciliation of opposites.
    Tags: 
    Management
    Dilemmas
    Choice
    Study level: 
    Advanced
    Duration: 
    4 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn

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  • Introducing the philosophy of religion

    In this course you will consider the meanings of the key terms ‘God’ and ‘religion’; identify some key questions in the philosophy of religion; think about the difference between philosophical and non-philosophical questions about religion; and look at the often-discussed question of whether argument and evidence are even possible when we are thinking about religion.
    Tags: 
    Religions
    God
    Belief
    Philosophy
    Study level: 
    Intermediate
    Duration: 
    12 hours
    Activity types: 
    Audio
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Meeting minority needs

    This course will help you understand how it is possible to meet the needs of a particular minority community – the Chinese who live in Northern Ireland. The audio clips will outline some of the problems that this community are facing. You will also hear about the needs of the community in terms of care and support, particularly in terms of meeting the needs of older Chinese inhabitants.
    Tags: 
    Psychology
    Social Care
    Minority
    Culture
    Study level: 
    Intermediate
    Duration: 
    1 hour
    Activity types: 
    Audio
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Religion today: Themes and issues

    Religion still arouses passion and causes controversy; it controls and transforms lives. An informed understanding of the contemporary world thus requires an appreciation of the role of religion in shaping ideas, world-views and actions that have an impact on the social as well as on the personal life of the individual. This gives you a glimpse into this fascinating area.
    Tags: 
    Religion
    Faith
    Belief
    Identity
    Communities
    Hinduism
    Christianity
    Islam
    Judaism
    Study level: 
    Advanced
    Duration: 
    15 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Religion Today: Track 1

    Religion is a powerful force in today’s world, as almost any newspaper or news broadcast will make clear. Inextricably linked with nationalism, popular culture, social norms and the lives of individuals, it touches almost every area of public and private life. Through a selection of video and audio podcast you can examine many of the most exciting and controversial issues in religion today.
    Tags: 
    Religion
    Culture
    Belief
    Buddism
    Islam
    God
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    2 hours and 30 minutes
    Activity types: 
    Audio
    eBook
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Studying religion

    Studying this course will give you an opportunity to think about some of the key concepts and methods of the discipline of Religious Studies. You will meet examples of different forms of religious practice and belief, mostly from Britain and India, and will compare the ways in which boundaries are drawn (or not drawn) between what is held to be ‘religious’ and ‘non-religious’ in two different societies.
    Tags: 
    Religion
    Faith
    Belief
    Hinduism
    Christianity
    Islam
    Judaism
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    20 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • The social in social science

    Social scientific study examines how we produce things, communicate, govern ourselves and understand our environments, and how to solve the problems we face in the organisation of social relations and processes. This course provides an overview of how social science contains deeply embedded cultural assumptions, and outlines the important relationship between philosophical thinking and practical research methods.
    Tags: 
    Social Science
    Culture
    Society
    Study level: 
    Advanced
    Duration: 
    15 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn

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  • An introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER)

    In this free course you will get to know more about open educational resources (OER), which can be used on their own or shared socially. You will get a flavour of how different OER initiatives design and present the content for their audiences, and have the opportunity to find, discuss and redesign some OER material. You can choose your audience for the material and redesign it to fit their needs.
    Tags: 
    Education
    OER
    OpenLearn
    Profesional-Development
    Study level: 
    Advanced
    Duration: 
    6 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Quiz
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Basic science: understanding numbers

    This practical, hands-on course will help you to start thinking like a scientist, by using numbers to describe and understand the natural world. No longer will you be put off by averages or percentages, you’ll even learn to love negative numbers. The course will introduce all the main skills you'll need to understand and communicate scientific numbers, relate them to the real world, and share your discoveries with other learners.
    Tags: 
    Science
    Numbers
    Mathmatics
    Graphs
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    12 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Quiz
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Getting Started with Online Learning

    Are you considering studying online? In this course you will find out what online learning is and what it can offer you. You’ll discover the skills required for online study and evaluate your own study skillset. You’ll also examine how students form online communities and how they benefit from flexible study through the support of dedicated tutors. You are expected to spend 3 hours a week over this 8-week course
    Tags: 
    Computing
    internet
    Study
    Learning
    Online
    MOOCs
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    24 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Quiz
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    FutureLearn
  • Note taking in relation to the Social Sciences

    Do you find it difficult to know what is important when taking notes? This course will enable you to decide the value of taking notes and improve your understanding of the methods that can be used. It is based on listening to an audio file that contains a discussion between academics for a course on Social Policy.
    Tags: 
    Note-taking
    Learning
    Social Science
    Study level: 
    Intermediate
    Duration: 
    1 hour
    Activity types: 
    Audio
    eBook
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Succeed with maths - Part 1

    If you feel that maths is a mystery that you want to unravel then this course is for you. The course will guide you through how numbers are put together, give you confidence with using percentages, fractions and negative numbers and provide you with problem solving skills for your everyday life and the wider world.
    Tags: 
    Maths
    Problem-solving
    Fractions
    Percentages
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    24 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Quiz
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Succeed with maths - Part2

    Following on from Succeed with maths - Part 1, this badged course continues to develop your mathematical knowledge and skills using everyday examples. It will guide you through measurement, roots, and properties of shapes, before finally turning to tables, charts and graphs. It provides a solid foundation for you to continue with studies in any subject which requires some degree of mathematical knowledge.
    Tags: 
    Maths
    Measurement
    Mass
    Volume
    Formulas
    Geometry
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    24 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Quiz
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn

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  • An introduction to social work

    Do you want to learn more about the social work role and develop your understanding of some of the theory associated with social work practice? This course begins by introducing key ideas, values, the social work process and the skills needed for social work practice. You will then move on to look at social work with individuals, and finally consider the benefits of reflective practice.
    Tags: 
    Psychology
    Social Care
    Social Work
    Practice
    Identity
    Reflection
    Ethics
    Knowledge
    Skills
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    15 hours
    Activity types: 
    Audio
    eBook
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Becoming a critical social work practitioner

    What does it take to become a critical practitioner in social work? This course will guide you through some important concepts. An understanding of 'critical perspectives' will help you take a positive and constructive approach to problems that arise in social work practice. You will also explore the relationship between justice and care and control, and the practical and ethical dilemmas in this relationship.
    Tags: 
    Social Work
    Social Work practice
    Language
    Service User
    Study level: 
    Advanced
    Duration: 
    15 hours
    Activity types: 
    Audio
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Diversity and difference in communication

    Interpersonal communication in health and social care services is by its nature diverse. As a consequence, achieving effective communication between service providers and service users, or among those working in a service, means taking account of diversity. This course explores the ways in which difference and diversity impact on the nature of communication in social care services.
    Tags: 
    Psychology
    Social Care
    Diversity
    Communication
    Identity
    Prejudice
    Ethnicity
    Racism
    Gender
    Disability
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    16 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Interview with a social worker

    The focus of this course is to explore the role of a support worker. It helps to identify what is expected within a working environment, and the skills and qualities they need in order to perform their roles effectively. You will be encouraged to think about the skills and qualities that you consider important in your own role.
    Tags: 
    Social Work
    Skills for Learning
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    1 hour
    Activity types: 
    Audio
    Provider: 
    Open Learning
  • Public health in community settings: An introduction

    This course introduces you to some key aspects of community-level engagement, in particular how to get to know the locality in which you want to work and how you might work in partnership with local people. You will learn about the skills required to work constructively with communities. In doing so, it gives you a sense of the nature and approach of community-based public health work.
    Tags: 
    Community
    Community engagement
    public health
    Study level: 
    Intermediate
    Duration: 
    5 hours
    Activity types: 
    Audio
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Social care, social work and the law - England and Wales

    This course is made up of four extracts related to social care, social work and the law in England and Wales. You will be introduced to five main themes that shape practice in the field of social care and social work. The aim of this course is to enhance your understanding of the relationship between social work practice and the law.
    Tags: 
    Social Care
    Social Work
    discrimination
    Law
    Study level: 
    Intermediate
    Duration: 
    4 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Social problems: Who makes them?

    Anti-social behaviour, homelessness, drugs, and mental illness: all problems in today's society. But what makes a problem social? This course will help you to discover how these issues are identified, defined, given meaning and acted upon. You will also look at the conflicts within social science in this area, through examples of inequalities that result from particular social constructions.
    Tags: 
    Social Science
    Mental Health
    Homelessness
    Anti-social
    Poverty
    Ideology
    Study level: 
    Intermediate
    Duration: 
    20 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Social science and participation

    This course looks at how social science investigates participation, and uses this topic to look at how social science helps to enact social worlds. You will see that social science enactment of participation is related to social science descriptions of, for example, voting or other citizenly practices, and related also to social science understandings of, for example, how to define and evaluate poverty.
    Tags: 
    Social Sciences
    Participation
    Community
    Poverty
    Study level: 
    Intermediate
    Duration: 
    10 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Social work learning practice

    This audio course focuses on the importance of people's backgrounds and experiences in the field of social work. It identifies the diverse ways in which service users and social workers define themselves, helping you to understand how the two groups perceive each other and relate successfully to each other. An understanding of how people make sense of their experiences will help you to define yourself, and your own place within the process.
    Tags: 
    Diversity
    Social Work
    Community
    Society
    Identity
    Values
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    4 hours
    Activity types: 
    Audio
    eBook
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn

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  • Alcohol and human health

    What impact does alcohol have on the body? From a ‘hangover’ to cirrhosis this course looks at the harmful effects of alcohol both in the short and long term. It looks at the journey of alcohol through the body and its effect on the liver and nervous system, along with the impact on alcohol consumption during pregnancy, and how it effects a driver’s judgement.
    Tags: 
    Alcohol
    Health
    Well being
    fetal alcohol syndron
    cirrhosis
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    6 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Quiz
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Challenging ideas in mental health

    Take a new and different look at mental health. This course invites you to think differently about life's dilemmas by taking account of the views of all concerned, especially people experiencing mental distress. It explores ideas and practice in mental health, and will appeal to a wide range of people.
    Tags: 
    Mental Health
    Well being
    Wellbeing
    Study level: 
    Intermediate
    Duration: 
    18 hours
    Activity types: 
    Audio
    eBook
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Exploring family health

    How can families support healthy living and cope with illness? In this course you will recognise how a family can learn and support good and poor health behaviours alongside government interventions, such as the 5 A DAY strategy. Identification of people with Alzheimer's disease is steadily increasing and you will consider key features and research, along with looking at the plight of young carers, often hidden from view.
    Tags: 
    Mental Health
    Social Science
    Health
    Alzheimers
    Young Carers
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    8 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Factors that influence health: An introduction

    What factors influence our health? A lot of attention is focused on people's behaviour - their decisions to smoke, drink, over-eat and so on - with strong messages about the changes needed to become healthier. But people's behaviour is influenced by circumstances and events (e.g., family, friends, education, employment, housing). In this course we look at how these factors work together to influence our health for good or ill.
    Tags: 
    Mental Health
    Health
    Behaviour
    Social Science
    Study level: 
    Intermediate
    Duration: 
    5 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Five reasons why you should care about mindfulness

    It has stood the test of time – people have been doing mindfulness for centuries. But why does mindfulness matter? Mindfulness is about focusing on the present moment, whilst at the same time accepting your feelings, thoughts, and body’s sensations. But why does mindfulness matter? This short introductory to course gives you practical tips through video and audio for you to explore the power of mindfulness.
    Tags: 
    Mindfulness
    Mental Health
    Meditation
    Stress
    Health
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    10 minutes
    Activity types: 
    Audio
    eBook
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Health is everywhere: Unravelling the mystery of health

    This course considers two ideas: that health is an ever-present factor in our lives, and that health is something difficult to define. But how can we say that health is everywhere if it is so mysterious? How do we recognise health if it so difficult to define? There are no easy answers to these questions! In this course we explore this paradox, because understanding health provides insights into the health care profession.
    Tags: 
    Health
    Mental Health
    illness
    Psychology
    Study level: 
    Intermediate
    Duration: 
    6 hours
    Activity types: 
    Audio
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Journeying through Wellbeing

    Life can be a series of ups and downs.. But do we understand what it means to have good mental health and wellbeing? Do we know how it is shaped by the things that happen to us? And how might we protect ourselves from becoming mentally unwell? Take a journey through Wellbeing and see how factors such as where we grow up, what happens to us, and our physical health, can all impact on our mental health and wellbeing.  
    Tags: 
    Wellbeing
    Mental Health
    Depression
    Anxiety
    Health
    Stress
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    9 minutes
    Activity types: 
    Quiz
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Life stories

    This course examines life stories. It looks at the way in which objects, trends, cultures or disabilities may contribute to a person's identity, and the contribution of their own life stories makes them who they are. It outlines how encouraging people to talk about the past, through remembering and revisiting their past, can help them move forward with their lives.
    Tags: 
    Psychology
    Social Care
    Culture
    Identity
    Disability
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    4 hours
    Activity types: 
    Audio
    eBook
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Mental health practice: Bonnyrigg

    Although society's attitude toward mental illness has improved, discrimination and misconceptions surrounding those affected are still prevalent. This course explores a number of issues relating to mental health practice, including the difference between mental health and mental illness, and the discrimination that can arise when people experience some form of mental distress.
    Tags: 
    Mental illness
    Mental Health
    empowerment
    advocacy
    Community
    stigma
    discrimination
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    10 hours
    Activity types: 
    Audio
    eBook
    Quiz
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Public health and mental health promotion

    In this course you will examine public health from a mental health perspective, beginning with an exploration of the relationship between public health and mental health. Mental health promotion is concerned with achieving positive mental health and quality of life.
    Tags: 
    Public health and mental health promotion
    public health
    Mental Health
    Health
    Study level: 
    Intermediate
    Duration: 
    6 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Social care in the community

    Social care involves the challenge of supporting people who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to function without assistance or supervision. This course focuses on one important area of social care, home care for older people. You will explore social care, a major area of provision in health and social care. All societies face the challenge of supporting people who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to function without assistance or supervision.
    Tags: 
    Social Care
    Health
    Community
    Community care
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    3 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Understanding depression and anxiety

    In this course we consider some risk and causal factors for some depression and anxiety disorders – that is, the possible aetiology of such disorders. A multitude of genetic, neurobiological, psychological and social factors are likely to be relevant. You will understand how stressful life events may be linked to emotional disorders such as depression and anxiety through exploring the life cycle model of stress.
    Tags: 
    Depression
    Anxiety
    Emotional Disorders
    Mental Health
    Wellbeing
    Psychology
    Study level: 
    Intermediate
    Duration: 
    8 hours
    Activity types: 
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Understanding narratives in health care

    What are the ways in which others (patients, relatives, practitioners) and you create and share meanings within health care? Narratives are the stories used by individuals to make sense of events. In this course you are guided on how to identify narratives, those that might either support or undermine health care practice. It is suggested that much of what triggers improvements, and may sustain efforts, rests upon the ways individuals interpret what is happening and what they are doing. Understand this, and improvement may be managed more strategically.
    Tags: 
    Health
    Health Care
    Personal Constructs
    Context
    Shared accounts
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    5 hours
    Activity types: 
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Work and mental health

    Although being at work during periods of mental illness can be difficult for those with mental health problems, most people with these difficulties could take paid employment if it were not for barriers (Centre for Mental Health, 2013). You will look at some of the ways in which employment affects mental health and what can be done to support people in finding and keeping work.
    Tags: 
    Work
    Employment
    Mental Health
    Social Care
    Recovery
    Study level: 
    Intermediate
    Duration: 
    5 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn

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  • Children and young people’s participation

    Listening to children is a first step in the participation agenda, which is reasonably well established. By contrast, enabling children to share in decision making lags some way behind. This course emphasises that the adoption of an integrated approach to participation by different sectors of the children's workforce is of crucial importance.
    Tags: 
    children
    Young People
    Study level: 
    Advanced
    Duration: 
    12 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Discovering disorder: young people and delinquency

    This course introduces two approaches to understanding juvenile delinquency. The psychological approach focuses on examining what makes some individuals, but not others, behave badly. The sociological approach looks at why some individuals and some behaviours are defined as disorderly.
    Tags: 
    Child protection
    Child psychology
    Childhood
    Childhood studies
    Young People
    Youth
    Psychology
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    8 hours
    Activity types: 
    Audio
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Introducing observational approaches in research with children and young people

    This course introduces you to analysing academic writing and, in particular, the way an article might be structured to clearly explain an investigation to other researchers. It explores observation of children and young people using qualitative observation approaches in small-scale studies.
    Tags: 
    Young People
    Skills for Learning
    Evidence-based Practice
    Achieving Evidence-based policing
    Study level: 
    Advanced
    Duration: 
    9 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Issues in research with children and young people

    Many people express their opinions about the lives of children and young people, whether from first-hand experience of their own families, from working with children or engaging with accounts in the media. This course considers how children and young people can be involved in the research process. Different definitions of research are explored through first-hand accounts by researchers across a range of disciplines and studies. Attention is drawn to the role of both researchers and participants.
    Tags: 
    children
    Childhood
    research
    Research methods
    Achieving Evidence-based policing
    Evidence-based Practice
    Study level: 
    Advanced
    Duration: 
    7 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Partnerships and networks in work with young people

    The term 'partnership' is used to describe a wide range of organisational arrangements and ways of working: from informal networking between individuals, to more formal partnership structures. This course explores a range of meanings for the word 'partnership', and identifies both the difficulties, and the potential benefits, that can come from working in partnership.
    Tags: 
    Psychology
    Partnerships
    Networks
    Young People
    Study level: 
    Intermediate
    Duration: 
    10 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Video
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Professional relationships with young people

    In some people's eyes the development of relationships is a good end in itself, because it is in relationships that we express our humanity. Young people with few good-quality relationships often find that entering into informal relationships with adults who respect, accept, like and really listen to them is a new life experience. This course explores different approaches in developing relationships and working practices that can inform work with young people.
    Tags: 
    Psychology
    Relationships
    Profesional-Development
    Young People
    Youth
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    8 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • The range of work with young people

    This course identifies some features that we might use to describe the various settings where work with young people takes place. This encourages us to identify similarities and differences between settings. It then introduces some theoretical perspectives to help us review these settings and thus understand more about the experience for young people and workers. Finally, it uses these perspectives to analyse examples of different settings, relating the theoretical ideas to the realities of practice.
    Tags: 
    Young People
    Youth
    Youth Work
    Psychology
    Community
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    10 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • What children and young people say

    This course looks at how practitioners and other adults talk to children and young people, and considers how this influences what they tell us. It identifies how children and young people would prefer to be engaged with, what would encourage their confidence in authority figures, and outlines the ways in which adults can improve on their listening techniques.
    Tags: 
    children
    Childhood studies
    Young People
    Psychology
    Child psychology
    Study level: 
    Intermediate
    Duration: 
    3 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Working with young people: Roles and responsibilities

    In this course we look at roles taken when working with young people. We focus on what those working with young people do, starting with analysis of roles. We show that, in the context of work with young people, the term says something about the kinds of relationships we form with young people and the values we bring. We discuss roles in relation to the 'bigger picture' of organisations and projects that are concerned with young people.
    Tags: 
    Young People
    Youth Work
    Youth
    children
    Study level: 
    Introductory
    Duration: 
    12 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn
  • Youth work: Introducing policy

    In this course we will look at the meaning of policy, how it works as a mechanism for persuading people to behave in particular ways, its role in shaping our understandings of young people, and the role practitioners can play in mediating and influencing policy. This course tries to understand policy as both shaping and reflecting our sense of priorities, values and expectations about the future.
    Tags: 
    Youth
    Young People
    Policies
    Policy
    Study level: 
    Advanced
    Duration: 
    6 hours
    Activity types: 
    eBook
    Reading
    Provider: 
    OpenLearn

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What are OERs and MOOCs

OERs and MOOCs are free short informal online resources available over the internet (via a laptop, tablet or smartphone), accessed by anyone, anywhere.

OERs consist of a variety of OpenLearn resources that vary from bite-sized courses concise blogs to short video clips.

MOOCs are structured courses from FutureLearn that run on set dates throughout the year.

These free resources focus on work-related topics (such as public leadership), explore a specialism in policing (such as cyber-security or forensics), or prepare you for future study, and connect to a formal accredited course or qualification.

Find out more by visiting the Frequently asked questions on OpenLearn.

There are three different levels of study (introductory, intermediate and advanced) that can be used to support Policing CPD and career progression. Each level indicates the amount of previous educational experience expected to be able to study the unit within the stated hours. If you are new to higher education, we recommend that you start with free courses at an introductory level. You can use the filter to search for the different study level, type of activity and your preferred duration of study. These courses can be used to support your progression through Level 1 to 5 within the Policing Professional Framework (PPF).

Most OERs offer a Statement of Participation (SoP) after successful completion, which can be downloaded and printed as a PDF. This can give evidence of learning achievements for CPD, work appraisals and supervisory meetings, or used to gain prior learning recognition for future study. To obtain a SoP we recommend you register with OpenLearn, Registering also gives you other features, such as progress tracking (on OpenLearn courses), personal activity reports and commenting on articles. You can easily un-enrol at any time.

After finishing a MOOC the Badge of Completion (BOC) will be awarded and can be used as evidence of CPD for work appraisals (in agreement with your supervisor) or to support professional supervisory meetings (subject to professional standards body agreement). This can be used to assess your prior learning for Higher Education credit, subject to specific University regulations for RPD (Recognised Professional Development). Specific police badging for policing professional development will be agreed with the College of Policing and forces, in line their CPD Policies.