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Getting started with open learning


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This workshop is aimed at groups of potential learners and at those who advise and support them. The workshop design was used successfully in workplaces and community settings and aims to get participants thinking differently about online learning and the options for peer support and collaborative study.

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Getting started with open learning

  1. 1. Opening Educational Practices in Scotland Getting started with open learning – a workshop template for use in workplace and community settings Cite as: Cannell P. (2016) “Getting started with Open Learning” Workshop Template”, CC BY 4.0
  2. 2. Learning Online Have you studied a course online before? Have you used Google or YouTube to learn a new skill or solve a problem?
  3. 3. Aim of this short session To share some ideas about options for studying free online courses To give some guidance on how to find suitable courses To advise on supportive ways of engaging with online courses
  4. 4. Open Learn This is the Open University site where you can find a large number of free courses, videos and audio material. There are no time restrictions on when you start or finish the courses on OpenLearn.
  5. 5. Badged online courses on OpenLearn Badged Online Courses are a new feature on OpenLearn and they are particularly useful as a stepping stone into learning online or to further study. Badged courses on OpenLearn involve 24 hours of study – courses available at the moment include: Succeed with Maths Part 1 Succeed with Maths part 2 Taking your first steps in higher education Succeed with learning English: skills for learning Succeed in the workplace
  6. 6. Future Learn FutureLearn provides a platform for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) from a variety of leading universities and from organisations like the British Council. MOOCs typically have a start and finish date and are therefore only available for study while they are ‘live’.
  7. 7. Show an example of a current Future Learn course
  8. 8. Show a second example if time
  9. 9. Structured study over several weeks
  10. 10. Finding courses The OU in Scotland’s Open Pathways materials help with this process. The short course ‘Supporting Collective Learning in Workplace and Community Settings’ gives a lot more help and guidance
  11. 11. Supporting each other All these courses can be accessed via a computer, a tablet or a smart phone. But just because they are online it doesn’t mean you have to be isolated as a learner. There are great advantages in forming a study group with others in the workplace. This can be as simple as meeting up on a regular basis to share experience, swap ideas and explore what you’ve been learning.
  12. 12. If you are an Open Learning Champion, a Union Learning Representative, or in any way someone who supports colleagues or clients to think about learning opportunities, you may find it helpful to study the short badged open course “Supporting collective learning in workplace and community settings’ iew.php?id=2692